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Address: Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018471000

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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Kingscote is not the largest mansion on the tour, but interesting in a number of ways. It starts with the ticket office in the old horse stable and the awesome shade trees on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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La Crosse, Wisconsin

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kingscote is not the largest mansion on the tour, but interesting in a number of ways. It starts with the ticket office in the old horse stable and the awesome shade trees on the property. The human guides are well versed and interesting. The home itself has seen some changes since first constructed and that story is a nice step... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

More modest, but that is relatively speaking. Interesting, but not a seminal place to visit during a trip to Newport.

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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No audio tour, but a real person who knew her stuff! Kingscote isn't as big and over the top as the Breakers and some of the other mansions, but it was the earliest, so you can see how things got started. Well worth going to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The charm of Kingscote is that it is one of the earliest of Newport's mansions. Constructed before the Civil war, it is in the Gothic style. The guide on our tour was excellent and brought to life the story of this mansion.

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Wantagh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With all the larger more famous mansions it is easy to pass this by. We did the five mansion tour and so happy we included this one. Unlike the larger mansions with the audio tape tour this was a private tour with a tour guide for free.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting guided tour. Lots of detail in the interior woodwork. House is cluttered and filled with collectibles.

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kingscote is very different from the other Newport Mansions, but in a great way! It is one of the more understated mansions but we felt like it was a hidden treasure. Kingscote is one of the few that still have all of the original furnishings, art, and decorations. Our tour guide, Peter, made the people and history and architecture come... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house doesn't look overly promising but the stories revealed in the tour brought it to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this mansion tour.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This home was absolutely amazing. The woodwork and design inside was the most incredible I have ever seen. I would visit the house a thousand times and still find new details in the woodwork every time. This house is a carpenters dream! If you love old homes, history, an interesting family story and incredible architectural detail then this home is... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Not the 'typical' Newport mansion. Kingscote is not small, but after visiting some of the larger mansions, it does seem small in comparison. The tour was quite informative and interesting. Filled with antiques and history. This home is easily reached from downtown Newport, being the closest of the mansions.

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