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253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3571
+1 401-847-1000
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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
+1 401-847-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Kingscote is one of the preserved Newport, Rhode Island mansions of the "Gilded" or "Victorian" age. Although the owners of Kingcote were not of the industrial barons of their day, it is nonetheless worthy of a visit to see their way of life. Unlike the...More

Thank Tetor22
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Seeing the dining room renovated by Stanford White is worth the visit alone. The interior craftsmanship is superb but the real surprise is the quality of the furniture and furnishings of the period. They are priceless.

Thank TMO_11
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I like guided tours as they are more personal, and I can ask questions, and this tour was terrific. Love the history, guide excellent.

Thank Trucilla S
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Not to be missed! A southerner built this house but lost it during the Civil war. It's an amazing house with an endless collection of items. Don't miss this one on your Newport tour of homes!

1  Thank James S
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This mansion is a bit different as you could get a real idea of the owners. They were very proud of their collections and you will be amazing. The best one was in the children's playroom

Thank Connie B
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Very few know about this mansion to go visit it because it's not billed as one of the "famous" ones. I've been to those too, but this one was very very interesting. I loved it.

1  Thank nelliekim
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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