You are here

Callender School

-A A +A
c. 1862, George Champlin Mason, Sr. 1909. c. 1980, conversion to condominiums, George Ranalli. 11 Willow St. (at 3rd St.)

This fine brick and brownstone Renaissance Revival building closed as a school in 1974. New York architect George Ranalli, who was commissioned by a new owner to adapt its spacious classrooms into condominiums, inserted a two-story “mini-building” into each apartment for the kitchen and private areas, leaving a “facade” of doors and windows to overlook a living space the full height of the original room. With the “buildings” painted in vivid colors (varying from unit to unit) and the outside walls of the original rooms in pale neutrals, the “buildings” seem to overlook a plaza, so inside has illusions of outside. The idea was in the air around 1980, but here it is superbly done, as testified by widespread publication in architectural magazines of the period.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Callender School", [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, 529-529.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,