The Redwood Library was established in 1747 and was completed in 1750 using a design by Peter Harrison. It is the oldest continuously operating library in the country and the first public building in the country built using the Classical style of architecture. The building and grounds are quite beautiful. Inside there are several Gilbert Stuart paintings, other fine arts, a great collection of 18th and 19th Century portraits, lots of antique furniture, and sculptures. Guided tours are available. No photography allowed inside. The building is a National Historic Landmark. Hours are 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday (8 PM on Thursday) and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.
The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is a private subscription library in Newport. The Library was founded 1747. It is the oldest community library still occupying its original building in the United States. The building was designed in a Renaissance style by the architect Andrea Palladio. The Library was the first classical public building built in America. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
You can't walk down Bellevue Avenue without noticing the Library. We pass it on all of our Bellevue strolls.
Opened in 1750 the Redwood Library is the oldest lending library in America and also the oldest library building in continuous use in the country.
It is said that the Redwood Library is probably one of the most significant architectural type buildings in the country for its classical design. The architect Peter Harrison intended to "symbolically bring light and order to the emerging culture of the New World" with his use of a classical design.
When Jefferson visited Newport he became interested in the classical design and was outspoken about making it the model for public buildings in the United States.
The Redwood Library is the oldest continuously operating library in America having been founded in 1747. Today it's part tourist attraction and part functioning library.