Through this four-part “mini” course, participants will explore topics inspired by the Preservation Society’s houses and the collections within. Classes provide an opportunity for participants to take a deep dive into topics selected by Preservation society staff specialists and are designed to be conversational. This course is limited to 20 participants and must be subscribed to as a series.  Admission is $95 for Preservation Society members, $110 for the general public.

The Architects & Architecture of the Newport Mansions 
Abigail Stewart, Education & Interpretive Programs Specialist

Tuesdays, January 23 & 30, February 6 & 13, 2018
6 – 7:30 p.m., Preservation Society Headquarters, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport 

Explore the architectural styles that define the properties of the Preservation Society along Bellevue Avenue. Led by architectural historian Abigail Stewart, the classes are an immersive survey into the Newport’s unique architectural heritage using the properties of the Preservation Society as a lens through which to view American architecture.

January 23 
Early Newport and the Origins of the Newport Cottage

In this introduction class, we will go over the familiar forms and styles of Newport architecture and look atNewport’s history as it morphs from a bustling Colonial port city to “The Queen of Resorts.” We will focuson Hunter House and colonial era Newport and the move to Italianate and Gothic Revival villas, like Chepstow and Kingscote, of the mid-1800s. 

January 30
The Newport of Richard Morris Hunt

Explore the distinct shift in style from the early Newport cottages to the palatial designs of Richard MorrisHunt. Hunt was the first American to attend the esteemed École de Beaux-Arts in Paris and would set the bar for American architecture. In this session, we’ll look at the City’s architectural change and Hunt’s  influence, from Chateau-sur-Mer to The Breakers. 

February 6
McKim, Mead and White’s Newport: Hunter House to Rosecliff

McKim, Mead and White, one of the most influential architecture firms of the late 19th century, shaped Newport visually. In this overview of their work in Newport, we will chart their early commissions, with colonial revival influences, to the Isaac Bell House, culminating at Rosecliff. 

February 13
The Newport Mansion

When you hear the words, “Newport mansions,” what do you think of? While drawing from European modelsand classical influences, the private residences along Bellevue Avenue are distinctly American in realization and execution. In this final class, we will discuss the transformation of Newport and the forms that are synonymous with the Newport mansions.

Advance registration is required. Admission includes all four sessions.  Preservation Members $95 / General Public $110 

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