July 28, 2014
Our friend Robert lived in the gatehouse of what had been the Campbell Soup family’s mansion overlooking the ocean. The mansion – or “cottage” as these huge homes were called on the island – was long gone, though you could still see some of the foundation. The most striking feature to me was the ruins of the swimming pool, perched beside the ocean. The idea of having a swimming pool overlooking the ocean seemed to me then and seems to me now to be a breathtaking luxury. The gatehouse seemed like a mansion to me with its Victorian elegance and many rooms.