Emdalar, otherwise known as “the Castle,” is a landmark in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. This large and elaborate shingle and granite home was built in 1883 for Jeremiah Potter Robinson, and designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. The home has 7,000 square feet of living space including, 9 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and 11 fireplaces. Located southwest of Wakefield, along the Post Road “estate district,” Emdalar is set back and secluded on 6.34 lush acres. An additional lot of .92 acres is also available.
The shingled and granite mansion has several large stone chimneys, and features a veranda on the south side and a round tower with a conical roof. The exterior is in excellent condition. The home has a newer roof and the siding has recently been redone. It is a strong structure with fantastic bones.
Emdalar is an incredible example of a McKim, Mead & White coastal estate home. A glass enclosed entryway leads to the sturdy, grand front dutch door, which opens into a large living hall, with exquisite oak wainscoting, ten foot ceilings with exposed beams, and an oversized grand stone fireplace. All of the woodworking is original, and has never been painted.
The study is off to the right, in the first floor of the turret, and has gorgeous rounded ceilings and windows, much like the Isaac Bell House in Newport, also designed by McKim, Mead & White. There is a substantial wooden built-in bookcase and a fireplace with a hand carved detailed mantel.
The kitchens in homes of this vintage were usually located in the basement, so what functions as the present day kitchen was actually once a pantry and the servants dining room, complete with a back stairway, luggage elevator and dumbwaiter. All of the window shutters are original.
The ornate staircase leads up to a very wide, broad landing with all of the bedrooms radiating off from the center hallway. Most of the bedrooms, including the master, have fireplaces. The room that would have been used as the sleeping porch is located on the south side of the house and has been enclosed.
The grounds are full of prolific plantings, including an enormous European Weeping Beech tree a Copper Beech tree, and a blueberry grove. The owners have never used any pesticides on the property, so everything is organic.
The interior is in need of extensive upgrading and modernization including mechanicals, fixtures, electrical and plumbing, etc.