Medieval traits in Newport architecture


The observer is at once struck by its thoroughly English Gothic appearance. Thick walls, small casement windows, massive chimneys [...] The local ledge stones are laid in mortar and clay and pulverized oyster shells to a two-foot thickness, and the deep jambs inside the leaded casements are splayed to a 30┬░ angle to admit more light.


[...] Little is known of seventeenth-century mills, except that they existed from the very earliest times in the New England settlements. Almost every town records a gristmill erected within the first year or two of settlement, although there are few descriptions of how the mill was built and what it looked like. [...]

Source: Hugh Morrison, "Early American Architecture from the First Settlements to the National Period" (New York: Courier Dover Publications, 1952), 54-92.

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