Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty is honored to bring 115 Narragansett Avenue to market. Built in 1927 by renowned New York architect Charles A. Platt, “Bois Doré” is gracefully sited on four private acres off Bellevue Avenue. The home is listed for $10,900,000 and is represented by Judy Chace, Broker/Co-Owner and Kylie McCollough, Sales Associate: both of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.
Located five blocks from The Breakers, Bois Doré or “gilded forest”, is approached through gilded wrought iron gates and a dramatic pollarded Linden tree lined drive. Designed in the Louis XVI style boasting a marble foyer entrance and loggia which opens to a beautiful brick terrace overlooking the expansive rear yard. Wrought iron and glass front doors compliment the timeless limestone façade and center the two wings of the home. An 85 foot great hall extends to either side, giving the space a sense of balance and grandeur.
The East Wing is anchored by the chef’s kitchen featuring dual Viking ranges beneath an antique Duparquet, Huot & Monesue Co. white cast iron hood. The adjacent dining room is adorned with Martin Battersby trompe l’oeil art, a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail. A butler’s pantry, family room and sun porch provide space for storage and leisure. In the West Wing lie the drawing room, the study and the grand ballroom, the largest of any private home in Newport.
Originally commissioned for William Fahnestock, a New York banker and founder of present day Oppenheimer & Co., the home has a unique and illustrious history of notable ownership including Campbell Soup heiress Elinor Winifred Dorrance Hill Ingersoll and later Oil baroness Carolyn Mary Skelly. Highlights of the French Chateau include 25 bedrooms, eight marble fireplaces, and an antique eight foot Regency chandelier sparkling from the ballroom ceiling, harkening guests to a by-gone era of glitz and glamour.
“An architectural masterpiece steeped in Newport society,” says Judy Chace about the estate. “We are proud to represent yet another famed historic Newport Mansion.”
Kylie McCollough adds, “Once described as one of the last great houses built for Newport, this storied and extraordinary property is a beautiful piece of Rhode Island history.”