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A sampling of the six exquisite private homes on the 2012 Newport House Tour includes...
*Gray Craig Estate: This 1926 stone manor with a steeply pitched terra cotta tile roof is set on a rise overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, and is considered one of the best examples of the country house architecture of Harrie T. Lindeberg (1879-1959), an architect who trained with McKim, Mead, and White, and maintained his own architectural practice in New York City from the 1920s-1940s. Gray Craig is noted for such architectural details as its peacock-ornamented entry piers, a grand curving staircase in a marble-floor entry, original wood floors, bookcase-lined private library, and original paneled interior doors still fitted with Lindeberg-designed bronze door hardware.
*The Gatehouse at Gray Craig: Designed by H.T. Lindeberg in 1926, this small-scale version of a stone cottage functioned as the home for the gatekeeper who was charged with controlling entry to the Gray Craig manor house. It features original leaded glass windows, original wood floors, a courtyard entry, and stunning grounds with mature beech trees.
*Chepstow: This 1860-61 Italianate villa was designed by architect George Champlin Mason Sr., and it is currently preserved precisely as it was when last used by a member of one of Americaís most historically important families. The former home of Alletta Morris McBean, the house features significant furniture, paintings, and decorative arts collected by generations of the Morris family, whose roots in America go back to the mid-1600s. Chepstow is a property of the Preservation Society of Newport County, and is being opened exclusively in April for the one day of the Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour.
*Starboard House: Starboard House was also designed in 1860 by George Champlin Mason Sr., and is a private home today. The stone villa features a dazzling entry with a black-and-white checkerboard marble floor and original curved grand stairway, both signatures of Masonís work.
*Newport Classic: Classic shingle-style details are showcased in this new construction by Horan Building Company. Captivating South and West facing ocean views are introduced from a wraparound porch with mahogany decking and an outdoor living area with a stone fireplace. The open and inviting first floor showcases handsome quarter sawn white oak floors, a large Pennsylvania fieldstone fireplace and gourmet kitchen. The second level is enhanced by a lovely sitting area with a turret ceiling and expansive ocean views. The finished third floor, with a full bath, invites a variety of uses.
Photo credits: Jacobs Photographic for Gatehouse at Gray Craig; Stephen Mattos courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County, and Lila Delman for images of Gray Craig Estate, Starboard House and Horan New Construction.