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St. Mary's Church

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1848–1852, Patrick C. Keely. 250 Spring St.

A church as famous for its historical and social significance as for its architecture, St. Mary's was built, with the physical help of its working-class parishioners and the financial help of several prominent Catholic families who summered in Newport, in a predictable Gothic Revival style to a design by Patrick Keely, a prolific church architect. Its massive, rough-cut brownstone walls, high-pitched roof, towering steeple, and sculptural entrance reaching out to busy Spring Street served as an imposing symbol of the population changes that immigration brought to Newport in the mid-nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "St. Mary's Church", [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, 581-581.

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