"In Praise of Older Buildings"
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This photo just popped up on my screen-saver slide show. I have loved this house since I was a bus-riding high school kid spending rare school-day afternoons in town, wandering and watching. Always seemed pretty grand - my perception wasn't challenged in the least by finding out that one of the truly cool guys in Grade 13 lived there.
This is The Brown House, not because of its unique colour in a red brick town, but because it was built by J.Roland Brown, a lawyer in the town around 1900. The architectural style is 'Colonial Revival', the idiom a bit American for this old Loyalist town.
Is it fair to suggest he thought he was pretty cool, choosing this style popular among a few of the 'cottagers' of Newport's gilded age, who chose the American shingle style over marble as their trademark? This massive house is remarkable for being completely clad in shingles. A bit of comfy plain English arts and crafts, a bit of solid classical formality (columns, pediment, balustrade, urns..check) playing nicely together, thanks to a those wonderful porches.
For a look at the style done large, visit Isaac Bell House in Newport Rhode Island...or on-line :-)