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Newport Through Its Architecture

A History of Styles from Postmedieval to Postmodern

A remarkable coincidence of unplanned historical events has preserved Newport, Rhode Island’s architectural heritage in a way that is rare among American cities. Newport has the largest number of pre-Revolutionary War buildings in North America, with some 800 in its old historic districts. In the nineteenth century, Newport was the summer home to America’s most prominent families and patrons of outstanding architecture. With a diverse range of styles, Newport exemplified the greatness of mid-nineteenth-century American architecture. As Newport gained social importance in the 1880s, the Bellevue Avenue and Ochre Point neighborhoods became the sites of lavish Beaux-Arts palatial residences. Newport’s twentieth-century architecture explored all modern currents, ranging from progressive Bauhaus functionalism as it evolved into the International Style of the 1950s to more conservative Art Deco and Scandinavian Modernism. After 1975, the postmodern era gave rise to a spirit of preservation and adaptive reuse, inspiring the Modern Traditionalism of architects such as Robert A. M. Stern. In a more vernacular vein, postmodern shopping centers, restaurants, and commercial establishments provided fertile ground for an especially well-informed postmodern kitsch.

324 pages | 8 1/2 x 11

Architecture: History of Architecture

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Table of Contents

Foreword - M. Therese Antone, R.S.M. • Preface and Acknowledgments • A Geographical and Historical Note on Aquidneck Island • Introduction • The Postmedieval Jacobean Style and Newport’s Founding • The Georgian Styles before the Revolutionary War • Federal and Greek Revival Architecture, 1780–1840 • The Gothic Revival of the 1830s and 1840s • The Italian Villa and Italianate Architecture of the 1850s • The French Roof and the Civil War Era • The Stick Style of the 1860s and 1870s • Queen Anne Variants, 1870–1890 • The Shingle Style before 1885 • The Colonial Revival after 1885 • The Beginnings of Beaux-Arts Newport, 1880–1890 • Richard Morris Hunt and the Beaux-Arts, 1888–1895 • The Beaux-Arts and Academic Eclecticism in the Twentieth Century • Modernism from the Bauhaus to Postmodernism • Appendix: A Brief Listing of Selected Newport Buildings by Architect • Notes • Selected Bibliography • Index

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