Stone Lea // 1884

One of the grandest summer cottages in Narragansett has to be Stone Lea, a large, 2-1/2 story stone and wood-frame Shingle Style dwelling at the end of Newton Ave, off Ocean Road. Designed by McKim, Mead & White, the cottage was built for George Vaux Cresson a manufacturer based out of Philadelphia. Cresson apparently paid $26,000 (about $750,000 based on inflation to 2019) not including the land costs. Various members of the Cresson family used Stone Lea as their summer residence until 1911, when the property was sold. In later years, the Newberry’s, major stockholders of Packard Motor Car Company, purchased Stone Lea and summered here.  Sadly, the home was significantly altered in the 1940s and some of the amazing original details by McKim, Mead & White were removed.

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