The Grange, Newport
Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island
Built circa 1880, for the widowed General James H. Van Alen (1819-1886). This long (1,000 feet), narrow (40 feet) summer cottage was designed by Clarence Sumner Luce (1852-1924) and was built at the comparatively low price of just $13,000. Architecturally, it was a mix of several styles. General Van Alen (like his son, Jimmy) was a well-known Anglophile and the fireplace in the hall featured a large English mantel with a hunting scene carved into it, supported by carved gargoyles. The two-story pentagonal stained glass window bathed the staircase and hall in a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and blues. The drawing room was the largest room (1,000 square feet) and unusually for the time there was a children's dining room for the old General's beloved grandchildren....
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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 15/03/2019 and last updated on 03/01/2020.
American Country Houses of the Gilded Age: (Sheldon's "Artistic Country-Seats"), by A. Lewis, 2013
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