washington irving iii’s stucco house in newport, rhode island, is a new take
on the famously charming ancestral homestead
Written by JILL CONNORS Photography by MICHAEL J. LEE
Architecture by NEWPORT COLLABORATIVE ARCHITECTS Landscape Architecture by MARTHA S. MOORE
Even from the outside, one senses that this house must be a wonderful place to read a book.
Perhaps it’s the ivy climbing the stucco walls that brings to mind a castle rife with nooks for curling up with a
fantastic tale. Or maybe it’s the crenelated outline of the main facade’s central dormer, an architectural element, one imagines, that must surely contain a fortified chamber reached via a winding staircase. But it’s the
glimpse of a pair of legs through a set of first-floor multipaned casement windows that confirms the impression: There, in total comfort, reclines the owner of this charming manse — Washington Irving III, reading a
book on the daybed-size window seat of his study.