The Sunday porch: Newport, R.I.

Wakehurst, Newport, RI, 1950s, via Library of Congress:The Sunday porch-enclos*urePorch at the residence of Margaret Brugiere, Wakehurst, in Newport, Rhode Island, August 6, 1958, by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The house was built in 1887 by James J. Van Alen as an exact replica of 16th century Wakehurst Place in West Sussex, England.

Margaret, or “Daisy,” Brugiere was Van Alen’s daughter-in-law (widowed and remarried), and she kept the place going in a high style until her death in 1969.

At some point, the family must have wanted the comforts of an American porch and created one with awning.  Its interior style seems inspired by Naples — both the city in Italy and the one in Florida.

Wakehurst porch, Newport, RI, 1950s, via Library of Congress:The Sunday porch-enclos*ure

The property exists today as the student center for Salve Regina University.

Think pink

Pink azaleas in Rockefeller Center, NYC, 1945, Gottscho-Schlieisner Collection, Library of Congress:enclos*ure“Rockefeller Center, New York City, planted with azaleas,” April 1945, by Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

S’wonderful!

Pink azaleas in Rockefeller Center, NYC, 1945, Gottscho-Schlieisner Collection, Library of Congress:enclos*ureSamuel Herman Gottscho worked as a traveling lace and fabric salesman before becoming a commercial photographer at the age of 50. He specialized in architecture, but also regularly contributed to New York Times articles on wildflowers.  He was awarded the New York Botanical Garden’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1967 for his photographs of plants.

The Library of Congress holds 29,000 of his images in the Gottscho-Schleisner Collection (William Schleisner was his son-in-law and partner).