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253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3571
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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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253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3571
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

This was a 'cottage' before the mega mansions existed and offers a different perspective of "original" Newport. This house only offers guided tours. The guide was very knowledgeable about the house history and the King family. The tour wait is in the carriage house (with...More

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 12 October 2017

While in Newport we toured this mansion. The tour guide knew the history well and gave lots of time for questions and pictures.

1  Thank Zipride
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Unlike a number of the cottages this one has guided tours. Our guide unfortunately was not what we expected. He was short with his answers and worse when we were on the second floor and someone asked if the picture was of George Washington he...More

Thank Wil012014
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

You can get dazzled by the grandiose mansions in Newport, but don't overlook this place. Unlike The Breakers et al, this house is much more human scale and tells the story of a family that is lesser known than the famous Vanderbilts. Well known artists...More

Thank Kahuna1989
Reviewed 28 September 2017

This house does not have an audio tour; instead, it's a guided tour that lasts ~55 minutes. Because of that, I felt a bit rushed exploring the house. The house is on the small side, and it has more of a cramped feeling inside compared...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Kingscote is a home with interesting decor. Many of the items were imported from China. The tour guide was interesting and one could tell she enjoyed sharing information with guests.

Thank Cac1234
Reviewed 9 August 2017

MY partner and myself have a passion for historic homes and we have spent our lives travelling the world enjoying thousands of period houses, palaces and castles. So a visit to Newport for us is like a mecca and we have been several times. At...More

2  Thank stephen w
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This property isn't vary large, buts its a great place to see a completely furnished home. We were told the owners requested that all furniture and paintings remain in the house after the Preservation Society took possession.

Thank Bruce332
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I loved the architectured and the history. The inside of this mansion is just as gorgeous as the outside very unique.

Thank Fernanda E
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We visited this house at June and he was under reconstruction. The entire front facade of the house is covered with building materials.So I did not have a general impression of the house. The house was built in 1841 and rebuilt for the King family...More

1  Thank tk3232
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Darryl E
8 May 2015|
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Response from acarneiro | Property representative |
Hi Darryl- Unfortunately Kingscote is not yet open for the season. It will open on May 23, along with Isaac Bell House, Hunter House, Green Animals and Chepstow. Until then, we do have 5 houses open daily: The Breakers... More