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Jacob Cram–Mary Sturtevant House

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1871–1872, Dudley Newton. 438 Abe Meyer Ln.

Vincent Scully so celebrated this house in The Architectural Heritage of Newport, Rhode Island (1951) as the epitome of the virtues of what he termed the Stick Style that those who know the book may want to see the remains of the building—still recognizable, but barely so, under changes wrought by its condo-ization. One can still sense the original qualities: flamboyant half timbering as a picturesque allusion to underlying structure, shape determined by functional considerations, interior extended outside by rambunctious verandas and balconies, with exotic touches from Japan and Turkey to boot. Here is its carcass, its once grand isolation in the panoramic view further demeaned by a circle of small development houses which cuddle up to it.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Jacob Cram–Mary Sturtevant House", [Middletown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 513-514.

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