42 Ledge Road, Newport, Rhode Island
Built in 1864 for Samuel Gray Ward (1817-1907) and his wife, Anna Hazard Barker (1813–1900). It was designed by John Hubbard Sturgis. Ward was a banker at Boston and co-founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: "Many persons have confounded our Samuel Gray Ward, because of his later living at Newport, with Mr Samuel Ward, a resident there, brother of Mrs Julia Ward Howe, but with quite other sympathies and attitudes in the war, as his sister in her noble poem "The Flag" scrupled not to show". In 1876, the Wards built Oakwood at Lenox in The Berkshires and sold their Newport cottage to Robert Livingston Beeckman (1866-1935), a New York stockbroker who became 52nd Governor of Rhode Island. In 1893, Beeckman sold the cottage for $80,000 (not $800,000 which is the figure some like to fancifully quote today!) to the Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Edith Wharton. She extended the house, laid out the gardens and with her friend Ogden Codman Jr. redesigned the interiors. But, she quickly tired of Newport and (like Ward before her) moved to Lenox in the Berkshires, selling Land's End to fund her now famous mansion, The Mount.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 11/07/2019 and last updated on 29/02/2020.
Images Courtesy of WikiMapia; Edith Wharton’s Former Newport Mansion Hits the Market for $11.7 Million (May 20, 2019) by Joyce Chen for Architectural Digest; Land's End, the Downeast Dilittante, 2011; The Early Years of the Saturday Club: 1855-1870, by Edward Waldo Emerson;
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