Monthly Archives: August 2014

A New Addition to the National Register

A New Addition to the National Register

This column has often lovingly called Newport the “Metropolitan Museum of Architecture” for the breadth and depth of its collection of important buildings from the colonial times through the early part of the nineteenth century. This audacious claim is based upon the extraordinarily high concentration of buildings individually listed on the National Register of Historic places and is supported by University of Virginia architectural history professor Richard Guy Wilson’s declaration in Ron Onorato’s AIA Guide to Newport (2007) that “Per square foot, Newport possesses more great architecture than any other American City.” More

The JNA Griswold House

The JNA Griswold House

Newport is the repository of many treasures of American architectural history. It is noted for the many surviving colonial era buildings but the true building boom began around 1850 as Newport became a summer escape for southern plantation owners and New Yorkers, Philadelphians and Bostonians escaping the summer heat in a time before air conditioning. This time was the start of what became known as “The Gilded Age”—a term coined by Mark Twain to describe the period of industrialization and new found wealth (albeit for a very small segment of the entire American populace) that was reflected in a flowering of architectural design. More