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Christopher Columbus Baldwin House (Château-Nooga, Chatterbox)

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Château-Nooga, Chatterbox
1870s. 1881, facade and additions, George B. Post. Narragansett and Bellevue aves.

Hired by Baldwin, the newly named president of a southern railroad, to update and enlarge the facade of an extant building, George Post designed a new face for Château-Nooga in a composition related to the Anglo-American imagery of H. H. Richardson's Watts Sherman House ( NE159), built several years earlier and a few blocks away. Much of the intended multi-colored effects of half timbering, carved wood trim, and red and yellow brick walls have been recently restored. In the grouped gables, trimmed by bargeboards with elaborate fernleaf reliefs, a sense remains of what critic Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer later called the “most unique” house in Newport.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Christopher Columbus Baldwin House (Château-Nooga, Chatterbox)", [Newport, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-NE152.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 569-569.

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