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Newport Spotlight: Touro Synagogue

Newport Spotlight: Touro Synagogue

Newport is famous for many things and for many “firsts” as it was the fifth largest city in colonial America and a major and prosperous settlement before the Revolutionary War. Among the things that Newport takes great pride in for is being a place of tremendous...

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A4 Guide: Newport Architectural Forum

A4 Guide: Newport Architectural Forum

Newport's architecture is some of the oldest and grandest in the country. From the Colonial Era, to early Victorian, to the Gilded Age, leading up to present times, Newport's small community has countless architectural marvels. There are more National Historic...

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A4 Spotlight: The Daniel Swinburne House

A4 Spotlight: The Daniel Swinburne House

The Daniel Swinburne House is an extremely beautifully preserved Cottage Orné/Gothic Revival style house located in the “Catherine Kay” neighborhood of Newport. Originally built in 1863, the structure would have originally stood on a large parcel of land but as...

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Newport Spotlight: Julian Fellowes

Newport Spotlight: Julian Fellowes

Winston Churchill famously stated, “First we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us.” This keen observation was made in his argument before Parliament to properly restore the Parliament Building from the damage it sustained during the Second World War. He...

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A4 Spotlight: The MK Building

A4 Spotlight: The MK Building

The Muenchinger-King Building, like many Newport Buildings, has had a long and winding history. The oldest part of the building was constructed in 1837 for a South Carolina planter named Hugh Swinton Ball. This was the period when many southern landowners summered in...

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Newport Spotlight: A Newport Summer

Newport Spotlight: A Newport Summer

Ⓒ Nick Mele Newport has long been considered a summer resort destination since before the time of the American Revolution. Its easy accessibility to the sea and lovely climate made it an ideal place for the well-to-do to escape the heat of summer in times before the...

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Newport Spotlight: Circle of Scholars

Newport Spotlight: Circle of Scholars

Samuel Tilton House (McKim, Mead and White, 1881) Each semester I am invited to teach a class in the "Circle of Scholars" continuing education program at Salve Regina University, located here in Newport Rhode Island. This is a program that Salve created to allow...

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Newport Spotlight: Samuel Tilton House

Newport Spotlight: Samuel Tilton House

In the 1870’s the United States was undergoing a massive change. The country was expanding westward following the completion of the Civil War and the economy was booming as a result. This in turn lead to the creation of massive industrial fortunes. In urban centers...

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A4 Spotlight: US Gill Flagship Prototype

A4 Spotlight: US Gill Flagship Prototype

When A4 Architecture began the design process for the first flagship store for Gill Marine North America, our challenge was to try to capture both the innovation of the company’s technologic approach to apparel but also the longstanding tradition of yachting which...

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