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Colonel George Waring House (The Hypotenuse)

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The Hypotenuse
1870–1871, Richard Morris Hunt. 33 Catherine St.
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This small cottage, now sited on the hypotenuse of the street corner and so named, was moved by Richard Morris Hunt from his family property on Bellevue Avenue and Church Street to this site and subsequently given sometime after 1876 to Colonel George Waring, a local engineer and author of technical manuals who helped establish Newport's sewage system. Only the four fluted Doric columns spanning the entry alcove indicate its Greek Revival origins. Everything else seems to be Hunt's 1870 envelopment of the kind of decorative vernacular image that he helped popularize in Newport during the 1860s and into the next decade—bonnet gable, deep eaves skirted with sawn tracery patterns, stickwork braces, and half-timbering effects. (Some of this detailing probably influenced the designer of the nearby Samuel Pratt House (NE115). In this area Hunt built most of his early Newport Stick Style houses.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Colonel George Waring House (The Hypotenuse)", [Newport, 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, 555-555.

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