Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Tobin Hall

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Institution Name: Salve Regina University
Original/Historic Place Name: Vinland Gardener's Cottage
Location on Campus: Webster St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1884-1885original development Peabody & Stearns
2001-2002meticulous and complete exterior renovation Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects
Designer: Peabody & Stearns
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1885private residence (gardener's cottage of Vinland Estate; then Chef's Cottage for Wakehurst Estate)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (Career Development Center)

Located behind North and South Halls, this turn-of-the-century Colonial revival shingled cottage was named to honor beloved former faculty members the Tobin twins--Sister Mary Jean, professor of English, and Sister Mary Eloise, professor of religious studies. The building is original to the Vinland estate and is also said to be the home of the former chef of Wakehurst's Van Alen family.


Harrington, Richard B. Ochre Point-Cliffs Historic District [including Salve Regina University]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ National Park Service, 1975.

Moe, Richard. A Walking Tour of Salve Regina University. Pamphlet. [Newport, RI: Salve Regina University, n.d.].


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