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Kingscote, Newport

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Kingscote is a Gothic Revival mansion and house museum at Bowery Street and Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Designed by Richard Upjohn and built in 1839, Kingscote was one of the first summer "cottages" constructed in Newport, and is now a National Historic Landmark. It was later twice remodeled and extended, by George Champlin Mason and Stanford White. It was owned by the King family from 1863 until 1972, when it was given to the Preservation Society of Newport County.HistoryGeorge Noble Jones, a southern plantation owner who owned the El Destino Plantation and Chemonie Plantation, constructed this Gothic Revival style summer cottage along a farm path known as Bellevue Avenue. Designed by Richard Upjohn, the house is an early example of the picturesque Gothic Revival style, with in irregular and busy roofline with many gables and chimneys, and elaborate Gothic detailing. Although built of wood, it was originally painted in beige-colored paint mixed with sand, giving it a textured appearance of sandstone.At the outbreak of the American Civil War, the Jones family permanently left Newport, and the house was sold in 1864 to William Henry King, an Old China Trade merchant. King's nephew David leased the house in 1876, and embarked on a series of alterations. He hired Newport architect George Champlin Mason to build a larger dining room, and to build a new service wing, and had the interior redecorated by the New York firm of Leon Marcotte. He also introduced gas lighting to the premises.
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  • This mansion is a bit different as you could get a real idea of the owners. They were very proud of their collections and you will be amazing. The best one was in the children's playroom  more »
  • Very few know about this mansion to go visit it because it's not billed as one of the "famous" ones. I've been to those too, but this one was very very interesting. I loved it.  more »
  • We learned about a part of Newport's history which is not usually talked about....the southerners who build Newport mansions before the Civil War and the Gilded Age. Our tour guide was excellent in te...  more »
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  • Beautiful interiors and objet d'arte! Only Tiffany/Stanford White room in the US!
  • Excellent staff and great mansion to visit.