Architecture typical of Newport


[...] The first colonists were drawn from a rural and therefore still Gothic England, innocent of the classical knowledge which inspired Inigo Jones. The building traditions which they brought with them had been handed down for generations of carpenters slow to change their ways, so that seventeenth century architecture in America is marked by medieval methods and medieval forms. Even the tools took their place in this traditional scheme.[...]


[...] The casement windows again followed Elizabethan tradition but because of the English tax on glass and the fact that it must be imported, windows were severely limited in size and number. [...]

Source: Antoinette Forrester Downing, Early Homes of Rhode Island (Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Inc., 1937), 3-88.

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