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Address: 253 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3571
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+1 401-847-1000

Kingscote is a landmark of the Gothic Revival style in American...

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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Filled with amazing collections

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... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
Connie B
Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island
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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

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 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.

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Columbia, MD
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We learned about a part of Newport's history which is not usually talked about....the southerners who build Newport mansions before the Civil War and the Gilded Age. Our tour guide was excellent in telling the full story of this terrific house...much more livable than most of the "mansions". Nearly all the furnishings are original and for a change we could... More 

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Rhode Island
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Located right off of Bellevue Ave, this is one of the smaller mansions of the RI Preservation Society. It is a lovely home and worth the stop.

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

We have been to see the mansions but this time we saved the last of five for one we hadn't been to before. We chose Kingscote. We were glad we did. Although it is not nearly as large or elaborate as the others our tour guide, Karen, made it interesting. This home has 95% of it's original furnishings and is... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Kingscote is not the largest mansion on the tour, but interesting in a number of ways. It starts with the ticket office in the old horse stable and the awesome shade trees on the property. The human guides are well versed and interesting. The home itself has seen some changes since first constructed and that story is a nice step... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 2016

More modest, but that is relatively speaking. Interesting, but not a seminal place to visit during a trip to Newport.

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Oswego, New York
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

No audio tour, but a real person who knew her stuff! Kingscote isn't as big and over the top as the Breakers and some of the other mansions, but it was the earliest, so you can see how things got started. Well worth going to.

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

The charm of Kingscote is that it is one of the earliest of Newport's mansions. Constructed before the Civil war, it is in the Gothic style. The guide on our tour was excellent and brought to life the story of this mansion.

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Wantagh, New York
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

With all the larger more famous mansions it is easy to pass this by. We did the five mansion tour and so happy we included this one. Unlike the larger mansions with the audio tape tour this was a private tour with a tour guide for free.

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