Peek Inside Three Stunning McKim, Mead and White Estates
The Gilded Age architecture firm designed some of the grandest properties in Rhode Island.
From the Rhode Island State House to Rosecliff, McKim, Mead and White left a lasting legacy in the Ocean State.
The firm was founded by Charles Follen McKim, William Rutherford Mead, and Stanford White in the 1870s. One of their first projects as a threesome was the grand Newport Casino, which is situated on what is now the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Many private homes commissioned by the firm stand today, and three are on the market in Newport and Narragansett, all built within a three-year boom. Go ahead, bask in a little Beaux-Arts glory:
The Wild Moor Estate, 1887
Nine beds, six baths, two half-baths and 7,440 square feet, this granite villa in Newport was built on more than twenty-two acres. The grounds boast bronze statues, mature specimen trees, thousands of perennials, rock outcroppings and a sweet two-bedroom summer guest cottage. Learn more here.
Stone Lea, 1884
One of the first Narragansett homes to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stone Lea stands out for its incredible ocean views, crown molding and careful preservation of the master staircase — a White signature. The home boasts five beds, seven baths and one half-bath over 8,882 square feet. Learn more here.
Also in Newport, Sunnyside was built for Commodore William Edgar, a founding member of the New York Yacht Club. The in-town estate, with ten beds, eight baths, three half-baths and 13,682 square feet between two houses, sits on a prim one-acre parcel with specimen trees and a saltwater pool. Updates abound, but the original trompe l’oeil ceiling in the open kitchen is, by far, the home’s most remarkable detail. Learn more here.
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