Rhode Island March 14, 2016
These 15 Pieces Of Architectural Brilliance In Rhode Island Could WOW Anyone
Rhode Island’s amazing history has ensured a few things for the state’s residents. For one, excellent museums and history-related attractions can be found all over the state. Secondly, magnificent architecture abounds! Here are 15 pieces of simply amazing architecture that are definitely worth the visit.
1. Let's begin with the Newport Mansions. We introduce you to the Breakers, a massive gilded age mansion and former Vanderbilt residence.
2. The Marble House: Another Vanderbilt property, this mansion was built in the late 1800s as a summer residence.
3. The Elms: This breathtaking Newport mansion was designed after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres in Paris.
4. Rosecliff: This Newport home was completed in 1902 for a whopping 2.5 million dollars.
5. Chateau-Sur-Mer: This seaside castle was considered the most lavish Newport mansion until the completion of the Breakers several decades later.
6. Kingscote: According to the Newport Preservation Society, this beautiful home is considered the landmark of the Gothic Revival style in American architecture.
7. Isaac Bell House: This national historic landmark is an architectural gem of Newport.
8. Hunter House: This lesser-known property is also owned by the Newport Preservation Society and is a powerful example of Georgian Colonial style architecture.
9. The Colony House, Newport: As one of the oldest original state houses in the country, the Colony House was built in the 1730s. The building can be toured through the Newport Historical Society.
10. Moving away from Newport, we have the current Rhode Island State House in Providence. Built in 1895, the state house offers one of the largest unsupported marble domes in the entire world.
11. Fleur-de-Lys Studio, Providence: This eccentric house near College Hill in Providence is amazing.
12. Cranston Street Armory, Providence: Built in 1907, this massive building was originally used to house the national guard.
13. Providence Atheneum, Providence: This 1800s building is magnificent. Apparently Edgar Allen Poe felt this way, too. He frequented this subscription library during his stint in Providence in the 1840s.
14. Southeast Light, Block Island: This lighthouse was named a national historic landmark as one of the most architecturally stunning lighthouses built in the country during the 1900s.
15. The Towers, Narragansett: This former casino and now restaurant is a stunning site and beloved icon of Narragansett.
This list is in no way a comprehensive list of amazing architecture found in the Ocean State. Can you think of other beautiful places?