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Reverend William S. Child Schoolhouse

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1875, Charles Follen McKim. 11 Chestnut St.

The earliest of the extant projects of the young Charles Follen McKim is all gable. The sloping planes of the roofline, recalling the later Low House in Bristol (no longer extant) and the many varied cross gables and dormers that relieve the encompassing geometry suggest that McKim was already pursuing the kind of composition for which his firm was known in the 1880s. That the entry porch lacks any organic relationship to the rest of the building may be the best indication here that McKim had not yet developed his mature style.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Reverend William S. Child Schoolhouse", [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, 526-526.

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