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65 Merton Road

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c. 1870, George Champlin Mason, Sr.

Although it now seems to turn away from its street access, this large, mid-block house was sited facing east to the ocean on a large parcel of land. Its massive three-and-one-half-story mansarded volume is relieved by a polygonal tower on its north side and by elaborately stacked porches on the east, visible from Cliff Avenue. The first-story porch wraps around to the south side of the building, while ornately carved braces and crossed stick structures on the uppermost gable give the front a showy ornamentality whose liveliness would be appropriate for a seaside villa and whose stylistic references were typical for a Mason design of the 1860s.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "65 Merton Road", [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, 557-558.

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