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7 Fanciful Garden Pavilions of Newport

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Many are the charms of a Newport summer, but a particular favorite of mine are the fanciful garden houses, buildings and “follies” to be found on many properties. Enjoy this sampling that represents the breadth of architectural diversity that we enjoy here.

With a glass roof that can be opened as needed, the Orangery at “Parterre” can be used both as a favorite entertaining space as well as a greenhouse.

Exact in every detail to the 1793 Samuel McIntire original (to be found in Derby, Massachusetts) the little teahouse at “Bellevue House” (twenty by twenty feet and two and a half stories tall) was re-ceated for the garden in 1923.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

The tearoom, its walls covered in handprinted nineteenth-century paper, graces the small second floor.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Inspired by the prominent feature of a Samuel McIntire-designed church in Salem, Massachusetts,  “Bellevue House’s” cupola is the new centerpiece of the back garden.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

At “The Whim,” the blue door of the potting shed (originally part of Edith Wharton’s “Land’s End”) contrasts with the pink of the ‘Miss Newport’ rambling rose.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

Sheltered by a large copper beech tree, the shingled playhouse at “The Lindens” sports a sleeping loft for afternoon rest.

Photo Credit: Mick Hales

The latest addition to “Hillside” is a Japanese Teahouse, designed and built by David Pritchard (without nails!) with a dry rock bed on two sides of the Teahouse; a gurgling fountain within a small boulder carries out the Japanese aesthetic.

Japanese Teahouse

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A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the charming “summer house” gracing the John Russell Pope alleé at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum was built ca. 1766 by Peter Harrison. The exterior, in the same rusticated pine wood style as the Library, is a beautiful example of Colonial-period design.

Photo Credits: Andrea Hansen
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About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

7 thoughts on “7 Fanciful Garden Pavilions of Newport

    1. Thank you, Ruth, I love your blog.
      With the exception of the summer house at the Redwood Library, all properties are private. BBP

  1. Each new article is so beautifully done. I look forward to seeing them each week. I miss our backgammon games. Have a great summer!
    Dee Cushing

    1. Love the way you express this, Katie…”eye candy.”
      Great images are a must-have for me. Thanks! BBP

  2. Love this post and the memories I have from visiting so many of these private gardens while in Newport on the Garden Club of America’s visiting gardens tour this summer. Especially loved being in your garden and enjoying your hospitality!

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