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Captain Augustus Littlefield House (Governor Charles Van Zandt House)

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Governor Charles Van Zandt House
1836, John Ladd, builder. 70 Pelham St.
  • (Damie Stillman)

Littlefield asked his builder to design an “authentic copy of an Italian Villa” he had seen during a trip in southern Italy. Although the format of this house is that of a full four-columned temple front, the capitals combine Greek Corinthian and Egyptian lotus motifs—a combination which may reflect Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. But such exotic hybrids are frequent in late Greek Revival design. The bracketed cornice under the pediment is not at all Greek, but typical for Italian villas.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Captain Augustus Littlefield House (Governor Charles Van Zandt House)", [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, 538-538.

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