Kingscote is a beautiful Gothic Revival home built in 1839 and is one of the first summer “cottages” to be built in Newport.
It is considered a rare survivor of a Gothic Revival style home which even includes original family furnishings that are still in tack. The home was originally built by George Nobel Jones who was a plantation owner. At the onset of the American Civil War, Jones sold the property to William Henry King an Old China Merchant in 1864. The home remained in the King family until 1972 when the last remaining descendant deeded the home to the Preservation Society.
You can visit the home during the regular summer season.
Kingscote was built in 1841, nearly 40 years before the Gilded Age (usually regarded as the era between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I). But it is considered one of the Newport Cottages because it was acquired in 1864 by the sea merchant William Henry King, who furnished it with porcelains and textiles accumulated in the China trade. Architect Richard Upjohn designed the mansion in the same Gothic Revival style he used for Trinity Church in New York. The firm of McKim, Mead & White was commissioned to design the 1881 dining room, notable for its Tiffany glass panels. As you drive down Bellevue, the Isaac Bell House is between Kingscote and The Elms.
This is one of the few mansions that looks like normal people could live here. It's not over the top or too large.
Although not one of the Gilded age mansions of Newport, this house built in 1839 was one of the first summer cottages (mansions) built in Newport.