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Eddy Estate Carriage House

 

A great looking building on the West Side. Apparently, this gorgeous building is just a “measley” Carraige House (where they kept the horses) next door to its’ mansion (299 Broadway). Looks like someone lives here, or uses it occasionally. Hard to tell.

 

From the RIHPHC West Side Report, 1976:

Another highly original example [of the Second Empire style; inspired by mid-19th century Parisian design] is the Eddy Estate brick carriage house of 1875, at 159 Sutton Street, displaying a robust monumentality through oversized eclectic architectural detail while retaining the formal symmetry of a mansard roof with a central pavilion and spire (since removed). Distinctly Moorish in flavor, the surface is replete with carved granite, polychromed tiles, and a rose window. The central pavilion formerly contained a clock and was topped by a tall spire, stressing its verticality. The Eddy mansion at 299 Broadway, begun in the 1870s was extensively remodeled in the following decade.

For a more complete history, please read the anecdote below from “Please do not use my name”.

ELIZABETH GEABER Mar 8 2017 My uncle worked in the house many many years ago. He told me there was a lift (elevator) for the carriages so they could be stored on the second floor. it was run manually... I don’t think it is there anymore because no one has made mention to it.

Kaitlyn A. Frolich Mat 23 2016 Hi there! I am currently a resident of Barnaby Castle and working with the owner on its restoration. The name of the estate is Barnaby Castle and Carriage House, not Eddy Estate. There are new owners of the carriage house that have some awesome plans for its future! I am so lucky to be a part of this project. Dream come true. Stay tuned for amazing things to come! Also, to piggy back on what Bianca said, we are looking for any pics or other facts of the house. Please send our way :-)

bianca maiello Jun 5 2014 My Grandfather Luigi Maiello MD bought the Barnaby Castle from Charles Eddy - I lived in this beautiful house as a child. The present owner of the house is restoring it to its original condition. We area asking anyone who has any pictures and any knowledge of who does have pictures to contact me so that we can get more info on the outside of inside. We have several pics already but could use more o help in our endeavor. thank

JCK Dec 3 2012 Imagine my shock when while researching my genealogy I found a descendent residing at 299 Broadway, employed by Charles Eddy, his wife Louise and son Charles. Another story that Grandma isn’t around to tell! I sure would love to be able to see the inside of that home.

Jay T Aug 11 2012 Why is this listed as the Eddy Estate Carriage House? This is the carriage house of the Barnaby mansion at 299 Broadway. (Ed: We got that name from the RIHPHC West Side report listed above. It might gotten that name from a previous owner who acquired it after it was broken off from Barnaby’s Mansion.)

Alex Zima Jan 8 2009 I lived on the West Side for 7 years and always thought it was an old church. Stunning!

Please do not use my name Aug 6 2008 The J.B.Barnaby’s Castle’s carriage house was completed in 1875, designed by Stone, Carpenter and Wilson, a prominent and prestigious architectural firm in Providence. In the same theme of elaborate and exuberant design as the main mansion it belonged to, the Carriage house had many exceptional details added to its functional purpose as the stable for J.B. Barnaby’s horses and carriages. Some of the details include the 10 foot rosette window in the center location of the second floor. This is surrounded by colorful Italian tiles that give it a Moorish look to the building. The building is made of brick and granite. The tack room, originally simply the area that the tack for the horses and carriages were kept, had floor to ceiling mahogany walls with alternating shades of light and dark mahogany. There is a high shelf below the ceiling to this room which is also made of mahogany with intricate carvings and the initials of JB Barnaby over the entrance door carved in large “old English” lettering. The floor of the tack room is made of porcelian tiles which were very popular at the time and has an intricate, colorful, and fanciful mosiac pattern. Each floor of the carriage house is 4000 sq feet and all the wood of the walls are mahogany and the floor on the second floor is the original yellow pine.

The buliding was used over the years for many commercial purposes... ice house, storage building for a commercial painting company etc. In 1997 the buliding was bought and renovations begun to make it a residence for the 1st time in 122 years. The top floor was renovated keeping the openess and spirit of the carriage house design intact. As many original details were left wherever possible. On Dec 23rd 1997 the first Christmas tree was lit in the large rosette window. In Feb 1998 a wedding was held there, (actually the second wedding was perfomed there. The first wedding being held back when JB Barnaby owned the house and one of his daughters was married there.) The owners of the carriage house continued the renovations, calling the building their “mini mansion”. With great care and love for this masterpiece of a building, 100s of hours went into creating a space worthy of the original design. On May 12, 2002 the owner was tradgically killed by a drunk driver and his wife was forced to sell the building. The house was bought and the new owner is making changes to the house too.

My husband and I loved that carriage house and felt very lucky to be able to live there and create a home from a structure that at one time was a “one of a kind” carriage house. The craftsmanship and detail that the artisians of yesteryears put into these fabulous buildings makes anything built today pales in comparison. Buildings did not go up in 3 months like they do today but took years to complete and every detailed masterfully crafted. When we first went to get homeowners insurance the company came back with a replacement figure just based on putting up another building the same size. They said it would be impossible to fix a replacement value for it since it would cost millions of dollars to build it the same today. One of the great things about living in the carriage house is that it appears to the outside world that nothing is happening there, but obviously there was alot going on in there for the 5 years I lived there!

m simone friends of mine bought the carriage house in approx 1999 and fully renovated the top floor following the character of the building. they were married in front of the big round window. he was hit and killed by a car in 2002 and his wife was forced to sell the building. there is an office downstairs that was a former tack shop finished with mahogany paneling and intricate mosaic tile floor. my friend stripped the paint from the walls and refinished the mahogany and brought in some old time craftsmen to repair the mosaic. i know who bought the property but do not know what she has done with it since the purchase.

Emily When I bike around the neighborhood looking for a place for starting a progressive (Jewish) congregation/learning center/garden/kids’ cafe of some sort, I keep coming back to this carriage house. Anyone interested in funding my dream?

Mike Cote The carriage house is used in conjunction with the private club across the street. The house’s garage is used by a woman who drives a blue or black BMW, and man in, if I recall, a black Lincoln Town Car. When the big doors are opened, inside looks like any ol garage, with dusty stuff strewn about. Upstairs is functional and might be someone’s private apartment. I think it’s more of a high-end private party space for the high-end people of the club. I have seen on more than one occasion through the big round window lit chandeliers and people in suits holding drinks. Also, the mansion next door is a private residence – one old man lives in it. It was apartments in the 70s and 80s (this is a local rumor – but the side door has several door bells, and at night only one or two rooms are lit on the second floor. so the rumors have a little support).

Corey This is one of the really outstanding examples of why groups like SWAP are so important. Both the carriage house and the palace it’s attached to are some of the most fabulous examples of Victorian architecture you’ll find anywhere, right on a busy commercial and residential strip, in an up-and-coming district, yet the main house sits there vacant and the carriage house seems rarely used. Being a stylish piece of architecture that happens to be owned by a long time resident who has a sentimental attachment to it, in my opinion, doesn’t make it much different from a triple decker with hardly any paint left on it, or a brick-and-granite turn of the century mercantile block sitting empty on Weybosset Street. It’s still empty, still taking up space for nothing, and still a waste of valuable real estate (by this I mean mainly the house, not this carraige house, as it seems to be occipied. Just my two cents.

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