Thursday, November 14, 2013

Newport today

The Breakers. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Readers may remember that last year about this time, we published a photographic essay Sam Bolton, Nick Mele and Alex Kendall on old Newport, Rhode Island today (NYSD 10.26.12). They gave us a charmingly inside view of this great summertime mecca where American society of the Gilded Age played out its fate. The quintessential American summer resort or the Northeast is a contemporary year-round home to many including many descendents of the families of a century ago.

Although everything has changed in our American civilization, since the dawning of the industrial, communications and transportation revolutions — Newport, along with its more newly arrived denizens — remains a fascinating and steadfast architectural tribute.

Today we present Bolton and Mele’s ongoing private photographic tour of this historic community. The memories and their nostalgia are deep-rooted. The opening shot — of Richard Morris Hunt’s masterpiece The Breakers, created for Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1892 — is other worldly yet still unblemished, protecting its family history. It is now the city’s most visited historical stop, visited by three quarters of a million tourists a year.
Twins Alexander and Maxwell Arkin spend summers in Newport and winters in Chicago. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Margy Quinn (whose mother is the late Eileen Slocum) with her daughters Evelyn Holm and Sophie Girard, photographed in the living room of their family home. The interiors were designed by Ogden Codman.

Pictured (left to right) are Margy's grandchildren Caroline Girard, Sarah, Annie and Ben Holm, and on sofa, Sam Holm. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Regis and Tenley de Ramel at Newport State Airport. Regis was born in Ales, France and grew up in Newport. He operates Fly Advanced, a charter airline service out of Wilmington, Delaware. Tenley was born in Toronto and is an intellectual property attorney for the DuPont Company. They live between Wilmington and Newport with four children. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Hugh and Eileen Douglas photographed at home. Hugh founded the denim company, "Lock Sicker," ( Eileen works at the St. George's School. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Ann Boyd (Mrs. Hallam Boyd, Jr.) dressed for the Newport Preservation Society's annual shindig. This year's theme was a Venetian Ball. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Jeffrey Berman photographed at The Whim, the home of Oatsie Charles. Jeffrey is a real estate developer based in Palm Beach and New York. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Ronald and Lisa Oliver photographed at Pump House with their dog, Atticus. Ronald "Oli" is a true southerner, and recently, he and Lisa moved from Savannah to Newport. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Lawrence Cutler, photographed in his office at "Vernon Court", home of the National Museum of American Illustration, founded in 1998 by Larry and his wife, Judith Goffman Cutler. The museum is housed in Vernon Court, a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts french chateau built in 1898 by Carrère and Hastings.

The museum has a beautiful collection of original American Illustration art, primarily by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth. [Photo: Nick Mele]

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Ronald Lee Fleming at Bellevue House. Mr. Fleming is an urban planner based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bellevue House was built by Ogden Codman in 1910 for his cousin Martha Codman. Ronald purchased the house in 1999 from the estate of the actress Jane Pickens Hoving, and has done extensive renovations to the gardens of the house. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Guillaume and Molly de Ramel at The Newport Colony House with children Charles and Elizabeth. Guillaume will be a Democratic candidate in the 2014 race for Rhode Island's next Secretary of State. Molly was a network anchor and business correspondent for Fox and headed media relations at Brown University. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Jenny Danielson and her daughter Taylor on the dock at Gooseberry Landing, the boathouse of Jenny's Aunt, Topsy Taylor.

Jenny lives in New York with husband Dryw, and runs Above Average Productions. Production credits include "SLN," "30 Rock," and "Mean Girls." [Photo: Nick Mele]
Lee and Lee DiPietro at their house in Newport. Lee is the daughter of Howard Cushing Jr. growing up between Newport and Long Island. The portrait above her is a painting by her great grandfather, Howard Gardiner Cushing. Lee works as Vice President of his firm, Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc. in Baltimore. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Photographed on the terrace at Beaulieu are members of Ruth Buchanan Wheeler's extended family (pictured l. to r.):

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(in red), Helen Hilliard (black shirt), Chris Ohrstrom, David Hilliard (blue shirt), Elias Ohrstrom (pink shirt), Delilah Ohrstrom (sitting in the front Chris), Daisy Hilliard, Findley Ohrstrom, Susie Matheson, Charley Hilliard (standing in back), Bonnie Matheson (daughter of Ruth Buchanan), Murdoch "Bear" Matheson, and Murdoch Matheson. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Newport Casino Theatre executives Andrea van Beuren, Founder and Artistic Director; Terri Conners, Executive Director; Meredith Nordhem, Marketing and Public Relations; Chauncey Tanton, Development & Events.

NewportFilm continues to bring great documentaries and cultural films to Newport. For information go to [Photo: Nick Mele]
Nick Benson, a third generation stone carver and calligrapher since age 15, and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, photographed at his studio, The John Stevens Shop. His inscriptions and decorative reliefs may be found throughout the United States and at the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, and the National World War II Memorial. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Pamela Davis Owens, photographed at Cannon Hill, her Newport home. Pamela lives between Newport and New York with her husband Brian. She works for Stribling & Associates in New York. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Louise Warren and her daughter Sabina. Louise was born in Stockholm, has lived in Cairo, and modeled in Europe. Sabina lives in New York and works in digital marketing for In Style magazine. Louise and her husband George Warren have a son, George, living in Boston. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Andrea Matheson, out for a day's sail. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Lilla Ohrstrom is a ceramics and metal sculptor , based is Plains , Virginia .She studied at RISD and Parsons and in Paris and owns the Youngblood Art Studio in Plains, Virginia. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Eve Matheson. Eve's mother is the photographer Mia McDonald. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Susie Matheson, co-founder of The Scout Guide, with Meredith Wood-Prince (Chicago editor). The Scout Guide is a city by city source for fabulous finds, incorporating art, fashion, decor, food, and the latest trends. 25 guides and counting. For more information, visit [Photo: Nick Mele]
Irene Aitken (Mrs. Russell Barnett Aitken) at the Francis Malbone House. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Duncan and Barbara Chapman photographed at Cornwall Lodge with daughters  Allegra and Antonia. [Photo: Nick Mele]
The Late Noreen Drexel pictured at Stoner Lodge, her Newport home. The contents of the house were divided for two sales; one was held at Christie's and the other was held at the house this past summer. [Photo: Nick Mele]
A view of The Waves, designed by John Russell Pope in 1927 as his personal residence. Later owned by  A & P grocery store heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce. It has since been divided into condominiums. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
A topiary camel on the lawn of  Doris Duke's Rough Point. Doris had several live camels in residence. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Fishing off the rocks on Ocean Drive. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Baseball at Land's End. The house (not pictured) was once owned by Edith Wharton [Photo: Nick Mele]
Ocean Drive views. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame (designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1880), the site of the first U.S  National Championship in 1881. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Blue Dolphin, anchored off Green Bridge. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Green Bridge Pond. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Spouting Rock above Bailey's Beach. [Photo: Nick Mele]
A cove off Fort Adams State Park. The house above, known as Beacon Rock, was once the home of Felix de Weldon, the noted sculptor of the famous Marine Corps War Memorial based on the iconic photograph of the raising of the second flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Looking towards the end of Cliff Walk. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Surfer waiting for a wave on Cliff Walk. [Photo: Nick Mele]
An Egret on the Ocean Drive. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Cove on Ocean Drive. [Photo: Nick Mele]
The Newport Country Club, founded in 1893. The club hosted the first US Open. Whitney Warren designed the Beaux Arts-style clubhouse. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
The Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Horses at play at Hammersmith Farm, where Jacqueline Bouvier married Senator John F. Kennedy sixty years ago this year. At the time the estate belonged to Jackie's stepfather Hugh D. Auchincloss. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Ida Lewis Yacht Club. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
The Elms, designed by Horace Trumbauer for Edward Berwind in 1901. The house was lived in by the Berwind family until 1961. At that time it was slated to be demolished for a shopping center. A preservation-minded group banded together with funds to save the house. Eventually their efforts would grow into what is now the Preservation Society of Newport County. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
The sunken garden at The Elms. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Spectator fleet following races on Narragansett Bay. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Spectator fleet following races on Narragansett Bay. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Spectator fleet following races on Narragansett Bay. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Horsehead on Conanicut Island, also known as Jamestown. The house sits on its own peninsula overlooking Mackerel Cove, across the channel from Hammersmith Farm and Castle Hill Inn. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Sachuest Beach, also known as Second Beach. [Photo: Nick Mele]
An old 12-meter boat cruising off of Jamestown. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Yacht races off Brenton Point. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
"Hanging Rock" in Middletown at the end of the Norman Bird Sanctuary; about a 12 minute-drive from downtown Newport.  [Photo: Sam Bolton]
The chapel at St. George's School shot from Second Beach, Middletown. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Seafair, known to locals as "Hurricane Hut." Legend has it that the butler of the house was washed out to sea during the big storm of 1938. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
A view of Seafair from Green Bridge on Ocean Drive. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
 Another view of Ocean Drive, heading towards Gooseberry Beach. [Photo Nick Mele]
Newport Art Museum. [Photo: Nick Mele]
Entrance to Cliff Walk, the 3.5-mile trail bordering the shoreline. This is really one of the best walking spots in town [Photo: Nick Mele]
Aquidneck Lobster Company at the end of Bowen's Wharf was once just a place that sold live lobsters right off the fishing boats. Recently, it has been transformed into a new restaurant. [Photo: Sam Bolton]
The Black Pearl Restaurant on Bannister's Wharf, one of Newport's most iconic spots (renowned for its clam chowder). The Black Pearl was founded by Barclay "Buzzy" Warburton in 1967, who also founded the American Sail Training Association.  [Photo: Sam Bolton]
Founded by David Ray, the Clark Cooke House, or simply The Candy Store, is another Newport legend. In the 18th century, the building was moved to its present location on Bannister's Wharf. In the early '70s it opened with multi-level dining topped off with the infamous Sky Bar.  [Photo: Sam Bolton]