$8,990,000 | Built 1927 | 19,050 Sq. Ft. | 25 Beds | 7.5+ Baths | 3.9 Acres
Built in 1927 by renowned New York architect Charles A. Platt, “Bois Doré” is gracefully sited on 3.9 acres off Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. The historic property has been reduced to $8.99 million after hitting the market in January for $10.9 million. The 25 Bedroom French château was originally commissioned for William Fahnestock, founder of present day Citigroup, and is approached though wrought iron gates and a dramatic driveway. Wrought iron and glass front doors complement the timeless limestone façade and center the two wings of the home. The marble foyer entrance and loggia open to a beautiful brick terrace overlooking the expansive rear yard. 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 which features dual Viking ranges beneath an antique white cast iron hood a butler’s pantry, family room and sun porch. The adjacent dining room is adorned with Martin Battersby trompe l’oeil art and a marble fireplace, one of eight in the estate. In the West Wing lies the drawing room, study and the nearly 2,000 square foot ballroom, the largest of any private residence in Newport. An 8-foot crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and harkens guests to a bygone era of glitz and glamour. The upper levels can be accessed by two staircases or an elevator. Bois Doré has an illustrious history, notable ownership includes Campbell Soup heiress Elinor Winifred Dorrance Hill Ingersoll and later Oil baroness Carolyn Mary Skelly. Bois Doré is on the market for $8.99 million with Kylie McCollough of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty. Photography and information found on agent’s listing.
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