Early Georgian religious structures, exemplified by Trinity Church in Newport, RI, share these characteristics:
high steeple to emphasize the importance of religion in colonial life
pulpit centered on the main aisle
family dedicated pews
Trinity Church has a ship-like interior structure, which seems to have been a natural outgrowth of Richard Munday’s shipbuilding background. Trinity Church also expanded from 5 bays to 7 bays by adding to the middle of the structure.
The Colony House is a civic example of Early Georgian architecture in Newport, RI. Built by Richard Munday in 1739.
Early Georgian architectural characteristics of the Colony House include:
brick exterior, as it was a very precious material at the time
large decorative porch and pediment for public announcements and ceremonies
gambrel sloped roof
The “Georgian period” was named after King George (I, II, & III). The structure of the building was ship-like, much as Trinity Church is, as builder and architect Richard Munday had a shipbuilding background. The Colony House served as a legislative capital for Rhode Island until the early 20th century. It was also featured as the court setting for Steven Speilberg’s movie, Amistad.
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