Kingscote
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Kingscote is a landmark of the Gothic Revival style in America. It marked the beginning of the "cottage boom" that distinguished Newport as a veritable laboratory for the design of picturesque houses. Built in 1841, the house was sold to China Trade merchant William H. King in 1864. His nephew David took over Kingscote in 1876 and later engaged McKim, Mead and White to enlarge and renovate it. Their new dining room combines Colonial details with exotic ornament, combining Eastern and Western motifs. The innovative use of materials includes cork tiles for the wall frieze and ceiling and an early installation of opalescent glass bricks by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The King family owned the house until 1972, when a descendant left it to the Preservation Society. Kingscote is a National Historic Landmark and a rare example of a Gothic Revival house and landscape preserved intact with original family collections. Several scenes in HBO's hit series "The Gilded Age" were filmed in Kingscote.
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ907 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Upon finishing our three Gilded age mansions - Breakers, Elms, and Marble, my wife and I decided on our fourth day to do another. Kingscote, a much smaller Gothic home, does not accept payment, only tickets, so we went back to our car in the private parking lot and booked online. Unlike the audio tours of the others, we were basically on our own to explore with the help of a docent stationed on each floor and a self-guided pamphlet. As with all these homes, the history is most fascinating. Kingscote was gifted to the Society in 1973 by the last descendent - Gwendolen. During the tour, it became apparent that it was hard to follow the lineage, as the women decedents carried names of their predecessors; ie Ella Rives King - Maude Gwendolen King - Gwendolen Ella Rives Armstrong - Gwendolen Rives. "This was Gwendolen's room." Further complicating the tour was that the pamphlet upstairs didn't match the directional tour with the correct names. The docent agreed with us that the picture of "Gwendolen" was really Ella! Only the Society with the help of Abbot and Costello could figure this out. We had fun during the confusion and enjoyed the house.
Written 3 July 2023
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grannyr24
Marquette, MI68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is our third trip to Newport and our first time touring the smaller mansions. We could envision living in this one. Beautifully decorated and ornate stain glass windows.
Written 17 June 2023
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Slick5276
Salisbury, NC1,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Another beautiful mansion to tour. Furnished as the owners would have lived in it back in the day. Pretty inside and out.
Written 21 October 2019
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Linda C
Ludlow, MA111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Kingscote mansion is a beautiful Newport home, rich in history. This home is one that is guided (other Newport Preservation Society mansions are self guided so you can visit at any time) so you must show up at Kingscote for one of the 4-5 daily tours. Our tour guide, Marry, was wonderful. Our group of about 14 people were very pleased with her tour. She was interactive with us, knew everything about the home and the family who lived there, answered all of our questions, and so pleasant.
Written 14 October 2019
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311kathrynb
144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This mansion was most impressive because it has been restored to the time when families lived in it. I recommend going with good daylight as it is dark and there is so much to see.
Written 11 October 2019
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Richard B
Tinton Falls, NJ155 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
One of the few mansions offering a guided tour. House was interesting especially the addition housing a beautiful large dining room. A more enthusiastic tour guide would have added to the experience.
Written 5 October 2019
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is an update of a review that I wrote for Kingscote in June, 2012. Today we had a great tour of this home. I did not feel rushed as I have on other house tours. This is a home that was given to the Newport Preservation Society with all its furnishings by the last descendent. It is also a home that three woman ended up living in on a permanent basis, so that when they sold their other homes, they brought their possessions here. Consequently there are a lot of furniture and many interesting "knickknacks" in this house. Unlike some of the other mansions, this one could be a conformable home.

A year's membership for the Newport Historical Society is now $90.00 for a couple and $105.00 for a family (2 adults and all children 6-17). Another option that we purchased this year is NARM. For $150.00 a year, you can visit all the mansions as well as hundreds of places throughout the United States.
Written 30 September 2019
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Thmunson
Duryea, Pennsylvania16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Visit. This. Mansion. We took the guided tour after visiting the more well known and lavish mansions. The larger mansions are certainly impressive and well worth your time. Do not leave this gem off your list.
Our guide was knowledgeable, patient, and well versed on the family history.
For those looking for insights into the early history of Newport and Bellevue Ave, Kingscote is definitely worth your time.
Written 8 September 2019
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Gwen W
Murfreesboro, TN2,006 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Although this house is more quaint and full of their family’s memorabilia, this is beautiful home filled with what was very interesting times with very interesting people. Many conversation lives and wonderful stories!!
Written 7 September 2019
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Diane and Tim
Saint Louis, MO33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Different than the other more gilded mansions- beautiful wood work throughout. Make sure you stop in and make sure there is room for a tour before just showing up. Only take 16 people on the hour the day we toured and some folks were turned away. Different than the other larger mansions. Tour guide seemed a bit uptight and in a hurry to finish for the day. Still worth seeing.
Written 24 June 2019
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