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LeRoy King House

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1884–1886, McKim, Mead and White. Southeast corner of Berkeley and Bellevue aves.

Having worked with David King on the Kingscote addition (NE144) a few years earlier, McKim, Mead and White produced a design for his brother LeRoy that extends and somewhat modifies the shingled buildings they developed during the first half of the 1880s. A central hall, large gabled masses, picturesque window arrangements, and a spectrum of surface textures (here conveyed largely in natural stone and brick with flourishes of shingle and pebble dash work), align this house with the firm's earlier efforts in this style. More compact and less formal than the Skinner and Bell houses (NE95, NE149), the King House is contemporary with the Edgar House (NE90) and, like it, shows the firm moving toward a restrained equilibrium in composition with two equal-sized wings flanking the entry porch.

Although the house sits close to Bellevue Avenue, its entrance is on the north (Berkeley Avenue) side. This orientation, in keeping with the firm's siting of other houses in the 1880s, meant that the entrance originally faced the massive Atlantic House hotel complex, which was a short distance away, on the site of what is now a shopping center.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "LeRoy King House", [Newport, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-NE147.

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 567-567.

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