Monthly Archives: June 2013

Washington Square

Washington Square


Newport has been many things over its lifetime: a Gilded Age resort, a post World War II Navy town, and today, an important destination for historic tourism. But at one time Newport was a small colonial village that was made prosperous by its excellent harbor and access to shipping and trade. At the heart of this colonial community were LongWharf, which represented the mercantile spine of the city, and Washington Square, which has the community’s civic hub.  Some of the most important Colonial-era buildings still exist Around Washington Square. These include Richard Munday’s Colony House (1739), which served as the part-time home of the Rhode Island legislature until the beginning of the 20th century, and Peter Harrison’s Brick Market (1772), which was the place that traders and seamen brought their goods to be sold and traded. More

The Value of Newport’s Historic Assets

The Value of Newport’s Historic Assets

Newport is a special place but sometimes it is easy for those who live here to forget just HOW special. In helping write the summary of the Washington Square Community Charrette report, based upon the Value Setting and Charrette process that more than three hundred people participated in last October, I was reminded how many National Register landmark assets are situated immediately around the park that was once the center of the Newport colonial settlement. More

Events Around Town

Events Around Town

This week was a busy one for architectural programming in Newport. On Wednesday March 6 at Rosecliff, a panel was convened to discuss the state of the Newport Historic Urban Plan initiative. John Tschirch served as moderator and four of the project’s scholarly participants were on hand to talk about their discoveries and perspective now that they are twelve months into the project. Christina Connett, a professor or cartography at RISD, has been engaged as the Lead Scholar. More