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.
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.