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.

Vintage landscape: the sunken garden

Vintage landscape/enclos*ure: sunken garden, Hammersmith Farm, 1917, by F.B. Johnston, via Library of Congress. . . at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, Rhode Island, 1917, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Vintage landscape/enclos*ure: sunken garden, Hammersmith Farm, 1917, by F.B. Johnston, via Library of CongressThe pergola overlooking the sunken garden. The hand-colored lantern slide is also by Johnston from 1917.

The house, originally on 75 acres, was built for the great-grandfather of Jackie Kennedy’s stepfather.  She lived there during her childhood, and her wedding reception was held there.

The garden at the time of the photo had been designed about 7 years before by James Frederick Dawson and Henry Hill Blossom of Olmsted Brothers. Today, the house still stands, but the garden is not the same, according to the Library’s online catalogue.