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Whiteholme

Newport, Rhode Island

Completed in 1903, for Mary Sloan Frick (1851-1936), the widow of Robert Garrett (1847-1896). Among Newport's most impressive French neo-baroque mansions put up during the Gilded Age, it once stood just north of Vinland and was the first residential project completed by the architect John Russell Pope (1874-1937). Privately owned until 1963, it was acquired by Salve Regina University and torn down within weeks to be replaced by Miley Hall.
Mary's first husband, Robert Garrett, was the President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad but he was diagnosed insane towards the end of his comparatively short life. In his final years, he was cared for at home in Baltimore by Mary and their physician Dr Henry Barton Jacobs (1858-1939). In 1902, she and Dr Jacobs married. She continued to maintain several charities established by her first husband and was an involved member of the Colonial Dames of America and a founding member of the Baltimore Museum of Art

On this site in 1862, Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895) designed a typically Victorian "stick-style" mansion with mansard roof and tower for newspaper magnate Thomas H. Hitchcock. By 1869, it had become the property of William Riggin Travers (1819-1887), who once again employed Hunt and for the proceeding three years carried out extensions to the house that included adding a ballroom. On October 24, 1899, The New York Times reported:

The sale was to-day completed of the Travers villa, on Narragansett Avenue, to Mrs Robert Garrett of Baltimore. The estate is one of the largest and best situated in Newport, and was originally owned by William R. Travers, of New York, who was one of Newport's pioneer Summer residents. The cottage is handsome in design, and contains many articles of furniture of great value.

In 1901, Mrs Garrett employed the well-known architect John Russell Pope (1874-1937) to enlarge the existing house, thereby becoming his first residential commission. Pope built around and in front of the existing structure so that the newly finished 3-story mansion incorporated the older house which was designated as the service wing.

Completed in the neo-baroque style of a French villa, the exterior walls were finished in brick and faced with buff-colored stucco. The mansion's grand interior was also designed and furnished in the French style, by Jules Allard of Paris. The gardens at Whiteholme displayed a large number of geometrically laid out statues and fountains.

In 1944, Whiteholme was sold for $26,000 to Annette Pell Townsend (1884-1965), the first ex-wife of Marshall A. Phillips, Jr. (1882-1963). At about the same time one of her two sons purchased Wayside and in 1950 the other, Alexander Auchmuty Phillips (1906-1995), came to live with her at Whiteholme with his new wife, Mrs Frances Cary, and her two children by her first marriage. This marriage did not last long. Alexander's wife and stepchildren returned to England and he moved to another house in Newport.

Mrs Annette Phillips continued to live at Whiteholme until 1960, when she sold the property for $530,000 to a Mr and Mrs Thomas P. Bilodeau. In 1963, it was acquired by Salve Regina University who almost immediately demolished it to make way for Miley Hall, a student residence and dining hall. Before it was torn down, the wealthy preservationist Donald Harold Tinney (1934-2006), of Belcourt Castle, managed to salvage much of the original carved panelling that had lined the interior walls of the principal reception rooms and removed them to Belcourt. A pair of statues that had once been among many to have adorned the garden were acquired by J.C. Nichols and removed to Prairie Village in Kansas.

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