Monday, October 22, 2012

The Waves, The John Russell Pope Cottage

The Waves was built by architect John Russell Pope for his most important client......himself. The lot he had bought was next door to Edith Wharton's Land's End. The house had wonderful views of the ocean and nearby Bailey's Beach. He lived in the house with his wife, Sadie, who was the daughter of Pembroke Jones, who resided in another Newport cottage, Sherwood. When John died of an illness in New York City, Sadie continued to occupy the house until World War II, when the house was used to house military personnel. The estate was then purchased by heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce, who lived their with her daughter, Nuala. Nuala went on to marry Claiborne Pell, Rhode Island beloved senator.

Claiborne And Nuala Were Devoted Democrats, Some Of The First In Newport. They Are Pictured Above At Their Washington Home

Nuala and Claiborne built a small cottage on the northern front of the property, which they name Pelican Lodge. After the house was sold to Barclay Warburton, it was divided into condos. Nuala Pell still continues to live at Pelican Lodge.

                               The Loggia

                               The Studio

                               The Living Room Terrace

Friday, October 12, 2012

Belcourt Castle, The Oliver Belmont Estate

Belcourt Castle was built for bachelor millionaire Oliver Belmont, son of August Belmont, a banker for the Rothschild family. The estate was unique in that the entire ground floor was devoted to the horses. When Belmont finally married, to Alva Vanderbilt, his new wife promptly commissioned renovations, replacing the ground floor stables with a large reception hall. When Belmont died, Alva inherited everything, including Belcourt Castle. Alva shut Belcourt down and moved into her other Newport estate, Marble House. She eventually sold Belcourt to Perry Belmont, Oliver's brother. Currently, Belcourt is for sale.
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