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Wakehurst, Newport RI

Wakehurst

Wakehurst

Wakehurst was built in 1884 for James J. Van Allen. He employed Architects Charles Kempe and Dudley Newton to build this house, based on a manor house known as “Wakehurst Place” in Kew Gardens, Sussex, England.

Kempe's Stained Glass

Kempe’s Stained Glass

Kempe was a stained glass artist by trade and in addition to the house plans, he designed the stained glass windows inside of Wakehurst.  These windows can still be seen today, as the building serves as the student center for Salve Regina University.

One of the Rooms in the Student Center

One of the Rooms in the Student Center

Interior details

Interior details

The University’s library sits at the opposite end of Wakehurst’s garden, a modern structure inspired by Wakehurst’s gables.

Salve Regina's Library

Salve Regina’s Library

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Rough Point, Newport RI

I had the pleasure of visiting this house back on July 23, 2011.

Rough Point Entrance

Rough Point Entrance

The house was built for Frederick William Vanderbilt.  It is an English Manor House in  style and it was designed by the architectural firm Peabody & Stearns. Construction began in 1887 and was completed 1892.   In 1894, the Vanderbilts began renting Rough Point to summer guests (having moved to “Hyde Park”- now known as the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.).  The Leeds family rented the home in 1904 and 1905 and purchased the estate in 1906.  In 1922 Mr. Leeds sold the mansion to the Duke family (of tobacco fame). It was home to Doris Duke until her death in 1993.  It is now a museum.

Rough Point 15

Rough Point 15

The treasures inside and outside of the house are astounding and well worth the trip. Here is an outside treasure:

Detail - Entrance light

Detail - Entrance light

The manor in which the house is situated as to take advantage of the Atlantic view is also breathtaking.

Cliff walk bridge

Cliff walk bridge

I would never grow tired of looking at this…..

The gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm.

Inside the Formal Garden 2

Inside the Formal Garden 2

Tip:  If you get a chance to visit, be sure to pick up a copy of the self-guided walking tour of the grounds.

For more photos of Rough Point visit my Flickr site.

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Sefton (Mill Neck) Manor, Mill Neck NY

Mill Neck Manor

On June 5, 2008 I visited this Mansions and Millionaires Designer Show House. I had been to the grounds of this great estate many times while I was growing up, but somehow I never made it into this fabulous house until this day. I was saddened to learn that this great building has been standing empty, since the School for the Deaf moved to its new buildings adjacent to this mansion.

Mill Neck Manor with servants wing on left

This house was built in 1923, by the architectural firm of Clinton & Russell, Wells, Holton & George. It is a Tudor Revival Manor.  Thirty-seven fabulous rooms were on display on three floors.  The service wing is visible in the above picture, on the left.

Entrance Mill Neck Manor

Over the main entrance, a large stained glass window depicting five of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, is visible. It was made by Charles Connick of Boston. It dramatically lights the main stairs inside the manor house.

Garden detail

Charles Leavitt was the landscape architect employed by the Dodges. He designed sunken, formal gardens which have not been restored, with three temples and two beautiful gates, which are all still existant. Two of the garden temples look like the one pictured above. They are known as the Temple of the Evening Sun and the Temple of the Morning Star.

Garden Urn Detail

One of many urns that mark where the sunken gardens once were.

Garden Temple

A limestone temple- known as the temple of the Midday Sun.

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Information on this page is from the Designers’ Showcase 2008 – Mill Neck Manor booklet, provided with admission to the show. P. 76, 108, 118.

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