The book “Newport and Its Cottages” is a wonderful time capsule of Newport architecture circa 1875 – just as the Gilded Age was taking off. In Mason’s preface, he stated that “his aim has been to bring together, in a pleasing and attractive form, illustrations of the beautiful country-seats that adorn the southern shores of Rhode Island, now so justly celebrated as a watering-place.” This evening presentation will provide a “then and now” look at each of the 45 properties. Twenty six of the homes still stand, although some are in radically different form. Nineteen have been lost to fire or intentional demolition, and most are largely forgotten.
Mike Franco is a trial lawyer with a practice in Massachusetts. He lives in a historic home in Newport and has a lifelong interest in Newport history and architecture. He moderates the popular Facebook group “Newport, Lost & Found” which explores Newport’s Gilded Age architecture.