C. Kathrens gives house enthusiasts a superbly visual and informative book on Newport,
RI’s early resort architecture in his latest contribution to America’s architectural
record, Newport Cottages 1835-1890: The Summer
Villas Before the Vanderbilt Era (Bauer and Dean Publishers, 2023). Between
1835, when the first private house was built exclusively for seasonal use, and 1890,
scores of magnificent homes were commissioned by a burgeoning summer colony whose
members were among America’s wealthiest and most prominent families, including the
Schermerhorns, Lorillards, Goelets, and Joneses. The luxury and splendor of their
homes, many designed on a grand scale, often rivaled the sumptuousness of Newport’s
later “Gilded Age” mansions.
Kathrens is an independent scholar specializing
in American residential architecture of the mid-19th through the early-20th centuries.
His previous publications include Kansas City Houses 1885-1938 (Bauer and
Dean Publishers, 2018), Great Houses of New York: 1880-1930 (Acanthus Press,
2015), American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer (Acanthus Press, 2012), and Newport Villas: The Revival Styles, 1885-1935 (W.W. Norton & Company, 2009).
Kathrens on Newport Cottages—Sunday, October 1, 2023; 1-2:30 PM PST; $5; pay
via PayPal or mail in order form with check.