Sunnycroft // 1873

Sunnycroft in Newport was built in 1873 as the summer cottage for Philadelphia socialite couple Elizabeth K. Ashhurst Willing and her husband Richard Willing on land given to them by Elizabeth’s father William. The house is a blending of Gothic and Stick styles, with half-timbering and bracing across wall surfaces and bargeboard at the eaves. By the turn of the 20th century, the house was owned by Henry Casimir DeRham and his second wife, Georgiana. DeRham was the grandson of a wealthy New York banker of the same name. This house (while still ornate) is a more modest example of the summer cottages in Newport and shows the wide-range of tastes seen in the Gilded Age.

2 thoughts on “Sunnycroft // 1873

  1. Barbara Caughill December 30, 2022 / 9:39 am

    The picture of the home was spoiled by the vehicles and something under a tarp of sorts. I understand you have no control of house owners having their vehicles in the way of taking a great picture of the house, but maybe the picture could have been taken when the vehicles weren’t there. I love this project of seeing all these old homes from the 1700’s and upward. Please keep up this project. Not only are the home pictures great, but the historical research background of the homes pleases my history education and life long history hobby as so much. Hooray for you!! Happy trails!!

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    • Buildings of New England December 31, 2022 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words! It is always a challenge to photograph these buildings without cars, power lines or trees in the way. Sometimes I am more successful than others. If you love following along, please consider donating to help offset time and gas money to explore and highlight the region. I also take recommendations if you send an email!
      Happy New Year!


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