Some photos from the garden’s of Doris Duke’s Newport estate, Rough Point, just in time for the spring flora burgeoning around us. To discover how these historic gardens have intermingled, altered, and accented the natural landscape since it was originally surveyed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1887, be sure to check out Newport Restoration Foundation’s latest exhibition, Nature Tamed, on view at Rough Point through November 5th, 2017. My photos appear with permission from, and gratitude towards, the Newport Restoration Foundation.
2016 has been a year of many exciting projects and collaborations, most of which I am very behind in sharing, but among my favorite images are the ones I was able to take for the Newport Restoration Foundation this Christmas. Rough Point, the seaside estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, has been curated for the holidays the way it would have actually looked during Ms. Duke’s lifetime: shuttered for the winter, as Doris spent Christmas at Shangri La, her house in Hawaii. Rough Point’s sole occupants would have been her staff, thus the staff wing has been decorated to reflect their own holiday celebration. I found the interior spaces, draped with white sheets, rather eerily inspiring, and thought I’d share.
There’s still time to check out this exhibit, entitled “Undecked Halls,” which will be open for the last viewing on December 27th, 2016.