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J. D. Johnston Mill

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1902. 75 Mill St.

The front of the mill shows a handsome two-story door and window organization, the brick wall above extended by a quite elegant stepped screen to conceal the long gable roof behind. This stepping, in conjunction with the forceful arrangement of the openings, dignifies a commonplace vernacular building by simple means. The builder-architect J. D. Johnston was one of the largest employers in Newport at the turn of the century; more than a hundred carpenters and millwrights worked for him on many of the largest residences of that era. The mill was enlarged and renovated in the 1980s for use as an inn.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "J. D. Johnston Mill", [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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