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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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Smaller, but interesting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Rochester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house looks beautiful on pictures, but most of its front is presently covered with scaffolding which impacts is beauty obviously. Also we weren't lucky with the guide - his monotonic speech made me wish the tour would end sooner... Never had this kind of feeling before. I would come back in a few years in hopes to get a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Elliot the tour guide was rude. She also would not allow someone to translate what she was saying to a non-English speaking family. If you want people to donate and to visit this house then your should not discourage people from coming to visit. We were so upset at what occurred we could not enjoy the tour. I feel bad... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kingscote is one of the houses in Newport that many people do not take the time to see, in fact of the three times I have been in Newport this April was the first time I saw Kingscote. It is a Gothic Revival style with a unique roof and windows. Only three people were in our group and there was... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Kingscote is one of the oldest of the Newport mansions, and one of the smallest. It was build before the wave of grand mansions further down Belevue Avenue, and is on a much more modest scale, undergoing only one addition by McKim, Mead and White in the early years of the firm. The great significance of this home is that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

My husband I were the only ones on this tour, it was like we got a personal tour, every question we had was answered. This home was more of a normal sized home, with elaborate furnishings, It is beautiful. I cannot say enough about it We fell in love with it. You can feel the family living here. It is... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This was the most cottage like of all the mansions that we visited in Newport. It had a homey, lived in feel, with almost no pretentiousness to it. I highly recommend visiting it for the contrast to the other Newport mansions.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Kingscote is a lovely home which presents a perfect picture of the daily summer Victorian life.The guide explained the most important pieces in each room along with answering any questions you might have .It is a real home you could imagine spending time in with family and friends , Much more personal than the big mansions.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I sure that Kingscote was once a beautiful home. But our experience of it was that it was neglected. The tour is guided and the guide was very knowledgable about the building but much of the building felt neglected and in need of restoration. I'm sure that that may be the plan, but on this trip I felt disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The home is a nice complement to many of the larger mansions, but the best part of our tour here was our guide, Joyce, who was so incredibly knowledgeable about the art, the antiques and the home. She was a great guide and made for an impressive experience.

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