residential, early Newport settlement, Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, 1697

A residential example of architectural style of the early Newport settlement is Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House. Built in 1697.

The residential Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House was an Early Settlement style residence that exemplified these characteristics:

  • saltbox/New England colonial elements
  • steep roof
  • small windows & panes
  • central chimney
  • situated on a small plot of land in a dense urban fabric

Homes of this era were based on English precedents but tailored to materials available in America. They were also built to sustain the New England climate.

 Large fireplaces served as the center of family life, exemplifying the idea of "home and hearth" in the early buildings of the Newport settlement.

Large fireplaces served as the center of family life, exemplifying the idea of “home and hearth” in the early buildings of the Newport settlement.


The Quaker Meeting House in Newport, RI is an example of the early Newport settlement architecture in a religious building. Built in 1699.

In the early Newport settlement, the colonial, New England architectural style exemplified in the Quaker Meeting House featured these characteristics:

  • steep roof
  • diamond pane casement windows
  • the exposed interior beam structure
  • interior shutters, to be raised to open divided spaces

A basic square plan with a light cupola was the meeting house’s original 1699 design.

The current meeting house (pictured above) has been restored to its 1699 exterior.

In 1720, the meeting house expanded in a linear direction.

The 1880 model shows more linear expansion, as the meeting house was now referred to as the “Wreck / Rec Hall”.


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