Another Gilded Age mansion, the Vernon Court is a contributing property to the Bellevue Avenue Historic District. It is one of the grand structures in Newport, Rhode Island, built as a summer retreats for the wealthy.
Vernon Court was specifically built for Anna Van Nest Gambrill, the young widow of Richard A. Gambrill. It was built in 1898, hiring Carrere and Hastings to design the grand house and the Wadley and Smythe firm for the landscape architecture.
The Vernon Court stayed with the Gambrills until 1956. It then served as the Vernon Court Junior College administration building, and then was passed on to various owners. It was then purchased in 1998 by the founders of the National Museum of Illustration and housed the museum ever since.