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Indian Avenue

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1870s. From Green End Ave. to Third Beach Rd.

Indian Avenue runs immediately behind a number of fine residences on properties overlooking Sakonnet Bay, most at least partially veiled from view. Eugene Sturtevant invested heavily in the area in the 1870s after summering here in 1872. Sturtevant and a partner were convinced that fashionable Newporters could be lured to their five-mile drive, which they called Indian Avenue because of a plethora of artifacts uncovered in the course of laying it out. Sturtevant's group guessed wrong. Fashionable Newport in the late nineteenth century moved in the opposite direction, along Bellevue Avenue. His real estate dream failed—and his drive was left to much more subdued development of country and summer homes than that which occurred on Bellevue Avenue. The J. T. Huntington House (1870s), 561 Indian Avenue, has a mix of half timbering and vertical board-and-batten siding, multiple gables, and extensive porches. The largest house on the street, number 500, is a field-stone mansion in handsomely landscaped grounds, with service building, also in field-stone (1930s).

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Indian Avenue", [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, 511-511.

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