Ocean Lawn, Stately Cottage by the Sea, a Landmark Of Newport’s Gilded Age

Architecture & History

 

Ocean Lawn, the Oceanfront Estate Once Owned by Harvey S. Firestone and his wife, Elizabeth Parke Firestone, who was a leading connoisseur of the arts—especially the Art of Living -- inspires and entices today.

 

A landmark of the Gilded Age, when Newport drew Vanderbilts, Whitneys, and Goelets who created grand mansions, Ocean Lawn is an  rare oceanfront property that commands the privacy and is astorehouse of value with its serene 6.70 acres with 515 feet of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean. Fewer still can claim the lure of its location. Standing in the park-like grounds, designed by acclaimed landscape architects Innocenti & Webel, with a far-from-the-madding-crowd feeling, you're only minutes from the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, New England's premiere summer resort.

 

Circa 1889, Newport's affluent families had a taste for stately summer cottages in the English style. Some of the finest examples of this genre of architecture were the work of Peabody and Stearns. At Ocean Lawn, this eminent Boston firm designed a brick villa with a Queen Anne exterior and graceful, well-proportioned rooms within.

 

Time has served only to mellow this seaside estate, thanks to halcyon years as the residence of Betty Parke Firestone, a collector recognized for her rare discernment and taste. She was known as one of the best dressed women in America in the 50s. At Ocean Lawn, she perfected the art of living well. Interiors acquired the patina of fine antique panelling. Windows were fitted with handmade shutters. Drapes were made by Scalamandré. Even the entry gates and lights were custom made for her in France.

 

On either side of the entry hall is a unique pair of His and Her libraries. His is a masculine retreat in mellow oak. Hers is an elegant enclave of eighteenth century English pine. Facing the ocean are the formal ocean salon and dining room, plus a spacious sun-room for more casual entertaining. A luxurious owner's suite, plus six other master bedrooms with private baths, radiate off the stairhall with a gracious six foot wide staircase.

 

Outdoors, there's the lawn. Acres of lawn. A green carpet that rolls down to the sea from the awning-covered terrace. There you can watch the luminous water views that have drawn artists and art lovers alike to this New England resort for generations. If the lawn is a carpet, the gardens are like an outdoor living room where masses of flowers seem to thrive on the mild sea air, as do many magnificent trees.

The property also includes a charming children's playhouse and pool. Entrances to the property on three major avenues allow easy access to the many sporting, cultural and social pleasures of Newport.

 

This rare treasure sits on Cliff Avenue, Newport, with views of miles of scenic coastline and a deep natural harbor A major seaport in Colonial times, the "Queen of Resorts" in the nineteenth century, and New England's premiere summer playground as well as a thriving year-round yachting, sailing, sports and social community today

 

 

The stately brick cottage, in the Queen Anne style dates to 1889, and is currently listed for sale by Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate. Originally built for the Gammell family of Providence. Completely updated when sold to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. and scrupulously maintained since. Asking price is $18,500,000.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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