House Lust: Once a Working Stable, This Artistic Oasis is on the Market
The post-and-beam structure was converted to a home in the 1970s.
Home conversions require some degree of clairvoyance. A person has to see a structure — in this case, a stable — and think: Despite all evidence to the contrary, this place has the potential to be a home. Not a shelter for horses or less-than-discerning humans. But a home. Then, they make it so.
The bones are critical, to be sure, and 32 Green Street in Newport has good ones: pre-Revolutionary post and beam, exposed in all their glory. Long before its owner — an art and architectural conservator, because of course he was — transformed the structure, it operated as a stable on the city’s working waterfront a block away. It was relocated to Green Street mid-century and was converted to a workshop and home in 1974.
Its moniker, the “Conservatory,” winks at the owner’s profession as well as a peak of skylights that flood the upstairs kitchen with sun — a feature so unlike a stable it feels unreasonable to call it one, even in the past tense. In spite of the light, the structure has remained rough-hewn, through gilded ages old and new. Here’s hoping the Conservatory, on the market with Gustave White Sotheby’s, stays conserved.
Historical stewards, here’s your House Lust: