Tag Archives: Newport

Rhode Island, circa 1947

Here’s a video of a nine-minute promotional film on Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union – though the state with the nation’s highest per capita production of industrial goods. The grainy black & white photography and the “professional” … Continue reading

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Slice of Camelot lost to fire

Last Thursday, Newport’s famous Bellevue Avenue lost its Stoner Lodge, across from Château-sur-Mer, to a fire probably caused by an accident resulting from its ongoing extensive renovation. The lodge was sold by the daughter of socialite Noreen Drexel in 2012. … Continue reading

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Architecture and friendliness

My friend Cliff Vanover just sent me a link to Travel & Leisure’s new survey on the 266 places that made it onto its list of World’s Unfriendliest Cities. The unfriendliest was Moscow. A hint of political bias, perhaps? How … Continue reading

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Newport and its discontents

The Providence Journal has published an AP story called “Spat over Newport’s Vanderbilt family mansion, The Breakers, gets public and nasty.” The story concerns a proposed welcome center at The Breakers, but is really about how the Preservation Society of … Continue reading

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Flemish “park” on Bellevue

I was invited by Arthur Mark, chairman of the Bill Warner Bridge Coalition, to a “meeting” in Newport of the U.S. affiliate of the Royal Society of the Arts, an organization based in London. Arthur is a Fellow, and so … Continue reading

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For Rhode Islanders only

The trailer for Woody Allen’s movie Irrational Man, filmed on location in Rhode Island, is out. Here it is, released by Sony Picture Classics. Release date is July 24. Let’s see how many places we Rhode Islanders can identify! (Don’t … Continue reading

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Column: Newport Grand: Guffaw or grandeur?

  The appliqué of classical elements to the shed that once housed Newport’s jai alai fronton may take the cake in the sweepstakes for the world’s most ridiculous architectural renovation. Newport Grand, with its big red “S-L-O-T-S” sign emblazoned on … Continue reading

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Oops: 12:30 p.m. in Newport

Today’s groundbreaking for an addition to the Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, is at 12:30 p.m. NOT 11:30 a.m. Sorry about the error.

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Tennis in Newport, anyone?

Here is an illustration of the proposed addition to the Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, which includes the famous Casino designed by McKim, Mead & White back in the 1880s. The groundbreaking is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 12:30, and after … Continue reading

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