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Kingscote - Newport Mansion

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Address: Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000
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Kingscote is a landmark of the Gothic Revival style in American...

Kingscote is a landmark of the Gothic Revival style in American architecture. Its appearance in Newport marked the beginning of the "cottage boom" that would distinguish the town as a veritable laboratory for the design of picturesque houses throughout the 19th century. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the Jones family left Newport never to return, and the house was sold in 1864 to China Trade merchant William Henry King. His nephew David took over the house in 1876, and several years later decided to enlarge Kingscote. He engaged the firm of McKim, Mead and White to make the renovations, including the new dining room. The room combines Colonial American details with exotic ornament - reflecting the architects' interest in combining eastern and western motifs. The innovative use of materials was also important, such as cork tiles as a covering for the wall frieze and ceiling, and an early installation of opalescent glass bricks by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The house remained in the King family until 1972, when the last descendant left it to the Preservation Society. Today, Kingscote is a National Historic Landmark. It is a rare example of a Gothic Revival house and landscape setting preserved intact with original family collections.

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Oe of the smaller mansions but still lovely!

The Newport mansions are unique and certainly takes one back in our history. A nice place to visit missing the modern conveniences of today. Furniture and wall coverings were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
westerly, r.i.

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westerly, r.i.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Newport mansions are unique and certainly takes one back in our history. A nice place to visit missing the modern conveniences of today. Furniture and wall coverings were done by skilled craftsmen of the period.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Well worth visiting Kingscote because the architecture is different from many of the other mansions and it is full of interesting pieces acquired from all over the world. Has the real stamp of Standford White in the dining room too....a must see room. Allow an hour. Informative guided tour.

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Northern NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We had the extreme good luck to be guided on our tour by "Donato", a wonderful man with vast knowledge of Newport and an eagerness to share it. Kingscote is one of the smaller mansions, but very interesting and beautiful nonetheless.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We toured this house recently. The house is really nice--not completely over the top like some of the mansions which for us made it all the more fun. It's a beautiful home and well kept. The tour was informative but a little long in the sense that we didn't need to know who made each piece of furniture, etc. The... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Very interesting artifacts in this 'early' mansion. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Not as spectacular as others but just as interesting

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

There are so many better newport mansions, but I've been to those already so I thought to hit this one up. I like the gothic revival style so its architecturally interesting, but not aw-inducing like the massive mansions. They do an actual tour instead of audioguides every half hour and they last only 20 minutes if you ask no questions.... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This large house is a contrast to many of the mansions of Newport. It is older and some of its owners were collectors particularly of clocks,Chinese export wares,and furniture. Tiffany was also employed by an architect during an addition to the house. It was lived in year round and was full of artifacts when it was bequeathed to the Newport... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Loved going thru these mansion. Nice to see how rich people lived back in a day!!! A lot of history here and decorations of the past. Wonder what it would have been like to live like this? A peak back into history.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We toured the Breakers in the morning with our two young children, who did very well. We went for lunch then decided to see Kingscote for a smaller, less ornate house. We were greeted very rudely by the man running the tour who insinuated we were out of line in even thinking about bringing our children on the tour. No... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

One of our least favorite houses on the tour. See it if you have extra time. Neat weeping beech tree in the side yard--don't miss it.

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