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Jewish Community Center (Levi Gale House)

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Levi Gale House
c. 1835, Russell Warren. 1915, moved to present site. 85 Touro St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • Jewish Community Center (Levi Gale House) (HABS)
  • (Damie Stillman)
  • (Damie Stillman)

For this New Orleans merchant who moved to Newport, Warren created a clapboarded block with projecting center and heavy entablature. Four giant pilasters adorn the center, with exotic capitals remote from the chasteness of most eighteenth-century examples, but typical for late Greek Revival. “Rusticated” corner piers close the recessed ends. Above the projecting section is an attic story, once crested with a low stepped and paneled parapet, as was the principal roof. More exotic Corinthian capitals support the rather pinched porch, which was also once capped, like the attic, with a low parapet structure. The adjustment of this house to the slope and small size of its new site gives it an uncomfortable aspect; Warren's elevation also appears somewhat unresolved.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Jewish Community Center (Levi Gale 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, 543-543.

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