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Land Trust Cottages

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1885–1887, site planning, Frederick Law Olmsted. 1887–1888, construction, E. B. Hall, builder. Purgatory Rd. (Second Beach Rd.) (at Easton's Beach)

For Boston investors at the Middletown end of what is mostly a beach within Newport, Frederick Law Olmsted designed the site plan for four medium-sized cottages. Their grouping on a very constricted flat site is especially happy for the way in which all receive light, view, and air, as well as for the nice way in which building and space interact in a balanced interrelationship. The use of two gable and two gambrel roofs for variety and the varied but harmonious use of vernacular porch, window, and stone chimney elements in common have many lessons to teach developers of resort colonies and condominium “villages”—as does, alas, the needless replacement of original windows which some of these cottages have suffered.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Land Trust Cottages", [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, 515-515.

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