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Edward King House

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1845–1847, Richard Upjohn. Spring St.
  • Edward King House (John M. Miller)
  • (Damie Stillman)
  • (Damie Stillman)

Soon after the completion of the Jones residence, Upjohn undertook another commission on adjacent property for Edward King. Sited on the slope of the hill as it descends toward the harbor below the Jones cottage, the Edward King House more closely orients itself toward Narragansett Bay, with its front facade facing west, away from Bellevue Avenue. Here, instead of the intricate Gothic-inspired shapes and ornament of the earlier building, Upjohn employed the Italian Villa Style, executed in brick, with round arches, scalloped canopies over projecting balconies, and a broader set of rectangular forms dominated by the stocky three-story tower, this feature most likely to take advantage of the water views to the west. Andrew Jackson Downing illustrated it in his influential volume, The Architecture of Country Houses (1850). The house, which originally would have been painted to lighten and visually unify the brick surface, is now owned by the city of Newport and operated as a senior citizens center.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Edward King 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, 566-566.

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