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King–Birkhead House

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1872, Dudley Newton. 20 Catherine St.

Like the charming shop-fronted office he built for himself in the same year just around the corner on Bellevue Avenue, the King-Birkhead House shows Dudley Newton's fluency in the picturesque Stick Style (or, as he would have called it, Modern Gothic). Its mansard roof, covered with fancy slate patterns, employs his patented “Newton roof,” which had a gutter set below the junction of mansard and wall. Its overlarge cornered tower, also mansarded, climaxes the bracketed and jigsawn ornamentation throughout.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "King–Birkhead House", [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, 557-557.

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