"The Ledges" is one of the oldest homes in Newport. It was built in 1867 by architect John Hubbard Sturgis for the Boston millionaire Robert M. Cushing. Cushing was a member of the prominent Boston family, made rich from the China Trade, and an incorporator to the newport Casino and the adjacent Bailey's Beach. On Robert's death it passed to his son, the artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, who continued to live there until his death. Today it is owned by Howard and Nora Cushing, descendants of Robert.