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John Auchincloss House (Hammersmith Farm)

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Hammersmith Farm
1888–1889, R. H. Robertson. 225 Harrison Ave.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

The colonial farm on which John Auchincloss built his summer home was established at the time of European settlement of the island in 1638–1639 by William Brenton (and named after the home he had left behind in England). Two hundred fifty years later, Robertson designed a huge, shingled house sited across the top of a rise on the property, which retains its original name. The three-story house cascades down from a complex massing of shed dormers, engaged turrets, bays, and a tall, conical tower. The uninterrupted planarity of some surfaces is penetrated by irregular window arrangements and, on the first level, by the shadow of undercut porches on the south and a wide, airy portecochere. Auxiliary buildings on the grounds include a guest house in the form of a picturesque windmill.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "John Auchincloss House (Hammersmith Farm)", [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, 579-579.

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