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Kinney's Casino

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1899, Clarke and Spaulding. 505 Point Judith Rd. (near intersection with Windemere and Farm rds.)
  • Kinney's Casino (John M. Miller)

The casino appears to be a super-sized hip-roofed bungalow, raised on stilts, with a fireplace chimney at one end. In fact, it is also known as Kinney's Bungalow and is truer to the Indian source for the bungalow than what customarily passes as such in America, especially when its porch-sized band of windows running around all four sides of the building are covered by green louvered shutters. Just as the Newport Casino was founded in a pique, when a member of the exclusive Reading Club, ousted for ungentlemanly behavior, retaliated by establishing his own club, Francis Kinney took the same action after a falling out with the nearby Windemere Country Club. A field across the highway was a heart of South County polo, and his casino became the center for after-polo parties. Architecturally, it is unusual as a design and remarkable for the severe manner in which the structural supports mark off the daring treatment of the well-proportioned windows as generous squares. The polo field is now condo-ized as—what else?—Polo Estates.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Kinney's Casino", [Narragansett, 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, 373-373.

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