Behind a tall retaining wall on Memorial Boulevard stands an unusual Spanish- California villa known as St. Michael’s County Day School. It is not at all like the other Queen Anne, shingled cottages of the Kay—Catherine—Old Beach Road Historic District built by reformers, scientists, and writers of Boston’s intellectual movement of the mid-1800s. This building is different, and reflects the individuality of a family with great wealth and ties to a free-thinking community of art, literature, and philanthropy. Robert Means Mason and his daughters Ellen Francis and Ida Means played an important role in the physical and intellectual development of a neighborhood established before the excesses of the Gilded Age and the arrival of the New York industrialists and financiers.
Lippincott, Bertram III
"The Mason Sisters of Newport and their Rhode Island Avenue Mansion,"
Newport History: Vol. 75
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol75/iss254/3