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Architecture & Heritage: Salve's Seven Estates

A guide to the architecture and history of Salve Regina's most notable buildings.

William Watt Sherman's estate

The William Watts Sherman House, designed by H.H. Richardson in 1874, is considered to be a 19th-century American architectural landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Watts Sherman House was one of the first true Shavian Queen Anne buildings in America, those elements evident in its steep central gable, a top-heavy appearance, wide-carved eaves, overhangs and massive chimneys. Stanford White, then a young architect, played a role in designing interior and exterior surfaces. 

The house was built for New York financier William Watts Sherman and his first wife Annie Wetmore. Salve Regina University purchased the property in 1982.

The President's house served as the carriage house and stables for the William Watt Sherman's estate. Designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, this Queen Anne-style structure combines English, German and American Colonial influences, and features a rose garden that was moved to the property from the Fairholme estate.

Archival photos for the following properties: 

Sources: "A Walking Tour of Salve Regina University: From Gilded Age estates to inspired education" (Salve Regina University)  and "Newport through its architecture" by James L. Yarnall. 

William Watts Sherman House

William Watts Sherman House.

The William Watts Sherman house is on the National Register of Historic Places. 


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Decorative features

Decorative black-and-gold fanlight above a doorway in the William Watts Sherman house. (Photo by Kindra Clineff)