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Kingscote is a Gothic Revival mansion and house museum at Bowery Street and Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Designed by Richard Upjohn and built in 1839, Kingscote was one of the first summer "cottages" constructed in Newport, and is now a National Historic Landmark. It was later twice remodeled and extended, by George Champlin Mason and Stanford White. It was owned by the King family from 1863 until 1972, when it was given to the Preservation Society of Newport County.
George Noble Jones, a southern plantation owner who owned the El Destino Plantation and Chemonie Plantation, constructed this Gothic Revival style summer cottage along a farm path known as Bellevue Avenue. Designed by Richard Upjohn, the house is an early example of the picturesque Gothic Revival style, with in irregular and busy roofline with many gables and chimneys, and elaborate Gothic detailing. Although built of wood, it was originally painted in beige-colored paint mixed with sand, giving it a textured appearance of sandstone.
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, the Jones family permanently left Newport, and the house was sold in 1864 to William Henry King, an Old China Trade merchant. King's nephew David leased the house in 1876, and embarked on a series of alterations. He hired Newport architect George Champlin Mason to build a larger dining room, and to build a new service wing, and had the interior redecorated by the New York firm of Leon Marcotte. He also introduced gas lighting to the premises.
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  • We were with our children and loved it. The visit is made with a guide who explains the whole house in detail, had a very thorough knowledge of it and told it with great enthusiasm. All in English, but she understood it great. The mansion is totally different from the others and that is precisely why we liked it, it is like visiting a house more personal than a mansion. Where are all the details and objects of collection and decoration of the family. Definitely a visit highly recommended.
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  • My husband and I toured seven of the Newport Preservation Society mansions on our recent trip to Rhode Island. Kingscote was probably my least favorite because its Gothic Revival style is so dark and ...  more »
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  • Way too jam-packed with furniture. Dark and looked like it's a horders house. Did not like it.
  • This was the first of the Newport Mansions we visited and it made even my very sceptical husband want to see more. Karen did an amazing job with the tour, making sure we knew names and dates but without ever being boring, while also highlighting the interesting design aspects. The house is beautiful and worth seeing, but the tour really set that over the top.

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