This photo pulled from the old box features a bird’s eye view of Seafair on Ocean Avenue in Newport, RI.
Drive along the scenic coastal road and try resist pointing to the estate and exclaiming, “That’s Jay Leno’s house.”
So many of us locals seem to have a favorite When-I-Saw-Jay story.
We had the chance to meet him at the Audrain Automobile Museum Gala a couple of years ago.
John greeted Jay by saying, “I was the architect of your home.”
Jay quickly replied, “Wow, you don’t look that old!”
If I wasn’t so star struck, I would have remembered to ask Jay if he recalled my father from his days at Andover High School. Oh well. Another time.
Back to John’s connection to Seafair: The cover story for Architectural Digest in February, 1996.
Seafair was originally named Terra Mare. Here’s a clipping from the Newport Mercury on June 14, 1935.
The house boasts another nickname….Hurricane Hut. Here’s a clipping from the Newport Daily News on September 1, 1954.
Don’t you love this image? The property and surrounding landscape are truly spectacular!