With its steeply pitched roofs and its cross gable flanked by two similarly peaked dormers, this late Gothic Revival house is among the best of the few surviving examples of the style in Newport. It is replete with pointed-arched windows on the second story, curvilinear tracery under the eaves, and a massive droplet in the center of the entry gable. The bristling quality at the top of the house, typical of the assertiveness of architectural form prevalent in the 1860s through the next decade, moderates to the gentler image of earlier Gothic Revival at the porch. The curved roof and doubled posts are meant to strike the faintly exotic image of canvas suspended from poles. The side bays, probably original, are unified with the rest of the house by “flaps,” making an awkward transition from the main slope of the roof. Daniel Swineburne was among the most prominent of the mid-century developers who helped turn Newport from a city of hotels into a “cottage” resort.
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Daniel Swineburne House
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