Once a rectory for The Emmanuel Episcopal Church, this 1877 residence in Newport, Rhode Island, sits in the Historic District directly across from The Elms. While systems had to be dramatically updated for modern day living requiring a to-the-studs renovation, the exterior had to read as unchanged to preserve its authenticity.
Honoring the rich history of the home, original material was preserved as much as possible including floors and street facing windows. A historic newel post, complete with a Celtic cross motif from the home’s early days as a rectory, was carefully restored and the balustrade was recreated to match the original. All interior doors and window casings throughout the house were reproduced using existing elements as a model, and when the front door was judged beyond repair, it was meticulously replicated by skilled craftsmen.
On the interior, the subtly revised floor plan was designed to accommodate the clients’ love of entertaining with gathering and family spaces alike. Outside, a comprehensive program includes areas for al fresco dining, comfortable conversation, pool enjoyment, and more. The resulting product is true to the structure’s history and will live comfortably for generations to come.