Today is my human brother’s 12th birthday, and he chose the Ann Webber House — built around 1794 — to be featured today.
We aren’t surprised he was drawn to this house, as it sits on a lot looking out over the water in Newport, Rhode Island, and this is a kid who could spend every day at the ocean. However, he said it was the red door and dual steps that made it cool to him.
This historic area was home to boat builders, craftsmen, sea captains, merchants and fishermen who wanted to be near the busy wharves.
The house was purchased by the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1969 and restored in 1971-72. The Newport Restoration Foundation was founded by billionaire philanthropist Doris Duke to preserve early houses. Its vice president was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The Ann Webber house is on the National Register of Historic Places.