Newport

GBP £39.95

Specification

Hardback

ISBN: 978-1-911282-69-3

240 Pages

265 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 10 ½ in)

250 colour and b&w

In association with the Newport Historical Society

October 2020

Description

Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the most historically intact cities in North America. Its rich cultural and architectural heritage gives Newport a particular national significance. This new volume is a richly-illustrated portrait of the city, charting its progress from colonial times up to the present day.

“A cavalcade of imagery sure to enthrall even the most knowledgeable history buff”—Fred Albert, Newport Life Magazine

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As one of the most historically intact cities in North America, Newport, Rhode Island, has a cultural and architectural heritage of national significance. Each of the city’s districts has its own distinct character with street plans and buildings revealing the political, religious, commercial and artistic forces that have shaped Newport through the ages. Stately Colonial squares and bustling wharves, picturesque Victorian villas and scenic drives, opulent Gilded Age palaces for the few and electric streetcars for the many, and preservation movements to honour the past, and modernist schemes for a metropolis of the future all tell stories of urban beauty and controversy, of eras of lavish building, urban decay and extraordinary revival.

A thoroughly accessible, original and valuable source of reference, The Artful City will appeal to the serious scholar as well to all those looking for a highly readable illustrated history of one of America’s most important physical and cultural entities. Maps, paintings, poetry, prose and photographs document and celebrate the development and evolution of this truly artful city.

Author biography

John R. Tschirch is the Newport Historical Society’s architectural historian and visiting curator of Urban History. He is the author of Gods and Girls: Tales of Art, Seduction and Obsession (2019).

Table of contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Dedication
  4. Preface
  5. Introduction: The Artful City
  6. 1 THE OLD QUARTER
    Washington Square, Thames Street, and Historic Hill
    Case Study #1: Native Americans on the Land in Rhode Island and the Arrival of the English
    Case Study #2: African American and Immigrant Populations in Early Newport
  7. 2 THE POINT
    The Intersection of Romance and Reality
  8. 3 A CITY BOTH PICTURESQUE AND GILDED
    Bellevue Avenue, Ochre Point, and Ocean Drive
  9. 4 VICTORIAN EXPANSION AND MODERN REINVENTION
    Broadway and Points North
    Case Study #3: George H. Norman and Newport’s Urban Infrastructure
  10. 5 ROMANTIC VIEWS
    Artists, Writers, and Mythic Visions of Newport
  11. 6 MODERNISM MEETS HISTORIC PRESERVATION
  12. Conclusion: The Landmark City
  13. Endnotes
  14. Bibliography
  15. Index