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Visitors to the St. Michael’s 15 th Anniversary Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour on April 24 will glimpse the past lives of the six fascinating houses, as pictures from each house’s past history will be on display. It’s all about time, and renewal.
“Behind Closed Doors” has been a siren attraction for touring the spectacular private dwellings in a community with the architectural history of Newport, but this year will tell a different story and will present a pictorial journey through of the homes’ histories.
The six houses to be featured are:
- Passage Rocks: A secluded modern retreat overlooking the East Passage of Narragansett Bay
The Playhouse: An early 1900s boathouse renovated as a family haven on the water of Prices Neck Cove.
- Snug Harbor Built in 1887-88, Snug Harbor on Bellevue Avenue is an excellent example of a transitional style between the Queen Anne and Shingle styles. It was initially constructed for U.S. Navy Admiral Charles H. Baldwin.
- Sulthorne: Just off Bellevue Avenue, an architect designs a new shingle and stone house for his young family, and also renovates a 19th century barn on the property.
- Birdsong: A 1940s cottage nestled near Hammersmith Farm takes on nautical style when renovated for a young family.
- Breakers Stables, Considered one of the best surviving examples of Gilded Age coaching and storage, the recently restored Breakers Stable & Carriage House dates from 1895 and features 16 original carriages.
- The Audrain building on Bellevue Avenue dates from the early 1900s and received the 2015 Doris Duke Preservation Award for its meticulous renovation including the automobile museum and second floor office space.
Newport author Bettie Pardee, whose book “Living Newport” defines a unique lifestyle found nowhere else, will have a book signing open to all ticket holders.
Guests will be shuttled by bus from St Michaels School, 180 Rhode Island Avenue, to the various homes.
For tickets and information, go to: www.Newporthousetour.com