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William S. Miller House (High Tide)

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High Tide
1900, Warren and Wetmore. 81 Ocean Ave.

The arched-topped windows and stuccoed masonry walls of this mansion, along with its shingle-covered roof terminating in turret-like polygonal caps at either end, lend the sense of a rustic villa in the French countryside. The primary focus is the central pavilion, whose two-story bow front swells from the broad, shallow main block of the house; but High Tide's real prominence derives from its site. The balustraded balcony on the second story of the bow is all but demanded by the fact that this house, a summer residence for a New Yorker who was Whitney Warren's brother-in-law, sits on the most commanding promontory along the southern coast of Aquidneck Island, overlooking the entire rocky shoreline and the Atlantic beyond.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "William S. Miller House (High Tide)", [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, 576-576.

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