Monday, December 12, 2011
'Vernon Court', the Mrs. Richard A. Gambrill estate designed by Carrere & Hastings c. 1899 in Newport, Rhode Island. Mrs. Gambrill, née Anna Van Nest, was widowed in 1890 after her husband Richard, a prominent lawyer, died from pneumonia. Mrs. Gambrill chose Carrere & Hastings as her sister, Mrs. Giraud Foster, was employing the firm to design 'Bellefontaine' in Lenox, Mass. at the same time. Following Anna's death in 1928 the estate was inherited by her son and his wife, the daughter of C. Ledyard Blair, owner of 'Blairsden' in Peapack, N.J., another Carrere & Hastings designed estate. Today the house operates as the National Museum of American Illustration. Click HERE to see 'Vernon Court' on google earth and HERE on bing.