mohamad farzan & dorienne west farzan visit
brick floor so damaged and the surface so uneven that the
Farzans chose to cover it with subfloor and carpeting. At
the same time, they created a newfound sense of heritage
by lining one wall with bookcases salvaged from another
notable Newport building, the Redwood Library.
Other touches of history are found in the leaded-glass
panels in the kitchen cabinet, in the stairway’s newel post
rescued from the gatehouse, and in the many glass door-
knobs salvaged from the Rockhurst mansion.
Although they moved into the carriage house in 2005,
the renovation is ongoing, with an extensive porch on the
The garden, located where a portion of the carriage
house once stood, is outlined by original stone founda-
tion walls and features geometric sections that, depending
on one’s perspective, evoke either the sunken garden that
Dorienne’s grandmother once had or the Persian gardens
of Mohamad’s native Iran. Either way, it is a reflection of
the couple’s journey home.
“blue willow” plates on the kitchen’s beadboard wall
are original to the carriage house. The leaded glass
cabinet doors were salvaged from a Newport estate.