The History of Becoming an Architect

The History of Becoming an Architect

Until the late nineteenth century, people (nearly exclusively men) became architects through apprenticeships and practice. Like most crafts, one began as an “Apprentice,” graduated to “Journeyman,” and then late in life, if one worked hard and had sufficient talent, a...
Richard Munday in Newport

Richard Munday in Newport

Before there were architects in America, there were the great Architect-Builders. These were men who had developed drafting and building skills simultaneously through their careers and were able to apply them to the art and science of construction. Among the great...
McKim, Mead & White in Newport

McKim, Mead & White in Newport

Of all the many prolific and nationally recognized architects to work in Newport, Rhode Island, none have been more nationally recognized or more prolific with their designs than the firm of McKim, Mead & White. This firm was founded in New York originally as...
Richard Morris Hunt and Newport

Richard Morris Hunt and Newport

Richard Morris Hunt, one of the most noteworthy architects of the last half of the 19th Century, had a strong and long affiliation with Newport. He met his wife, the heiress Catherine Howland, in Newport in 1860. He had an artist’s studio here as did his famous...
The Power of Place

The Power of Place

Winston Churchill once observed, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” He made this statement in the midst of World War II to the House of Lords calling for the rebuilding of the House of Commons to the same high standard of design and construction...