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Channing Memorial Church

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1881. Pelham St. facing Touro Park

This church, named in memory of William Ellery Channing, the famed Unitarian-Congregationalist preacher who was born in Newport in 1780, is an assemblage, in roughcut granite, of varied gables, turrets, and porches set against one side of a tall, narrow dominating gable and a fantastically shaped emancipated tower set against the other. The stepped elements of the tower, rudely hatcheted by stages, create the reduction of mass required to enable the spire to point its knobby finger at the sky. Inside are stained glass by John La Farge and a relief by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Channing Memorial Church", [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, 544-544.

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