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Architecture & Heritage: Salve's Seven Estates

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

Chateau-sur-Mer Estate

Antone Academic Center involved the unique restoration, renovation and union of two nationally historic and significant carriage house and stables complexes - Wetmore Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Chateau-sur-Mer, and Mercy Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Ochre Court.

The main house of the estate, Chateau-sur-Mer, was built in 1852 for Mr. William Shepard Wetmore, a merchant trader. A decade later, his son, George, Governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. Senator, inherited the estate. While the property's original carriage house and stables are now part of the Antone Academic Center, the Chateau-sur-Mer residence is owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County.

Links to archival photographs of the following properties:

Source: Campus buildings for Salve Regina University. 

Antone Academic Center

The Antone Academic Center for Culture and the Arts houses performance areas, studios, offices, classrooms and laboratories for several academic departments and programs, including art, cultural and historic preservation and music, theatre and dance. Dedicated in 2008, the building was named in honor of Dr. M. Therese Antone, RSM, president of Salve Regina from 1994-2009. Sister Therese currently serves as the university's chancellor.

 Dr. M. Therese Antone, RSM

While the project was designed to meet all the technological and aesthetic needs of today's academia, the center continues to dazzle with its 19th-century originals: a Belgian block exercise yard with a circular trough at its center, cast iron hardware, Minton tiles, decorative yellow brick flooring, rough-cut sandstone exterior, slate mansard roof and gable dormers.

Source: Campus buildings of Salve Regina University

Mercy Hall Science Lab

Students working in the science lab circa 1947-48 in Mercy Hall. Included in the photo are German Cote, Rose Marie Jalette, and Sarah Conalty. (Photo by Anon Studios)

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Mercy Hall

 

Mercy Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Ochre Court, shown before the renovation. (Photo by John W. Corbett)

Designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built in 1889 for service as a carriage house for Ochre Court estate, this Queen Anne-style structure features a tower, and a red brick and painted wood trim exterior evocative of an 18th-century continental stable.

Source: RIAMCO (Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online)

 

Wetmore Hall

Wetmore Hall, the original carriage house and stables for Chateau-sur-Mer, is now part of the Antone Academic Center. (Photo by John W. Corbett)

Originally designed by Seth Bradford as a carriage house for the Chateau-sur-Mer estate, this brick structure was significantly enlarged by George Champlin Mason & Son between 1882 and 1883. The building was renovated substantially in 2007.

Source: RIAMCO (Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online)