Historic Structures

Mary T. Porter House, Newport Rhode Island

Date added: September 1, 2010 Categories: Rhode Island House

This is a large Italianate granite house, an early example of the larger scale of summer houses being erected in Newport from the mid 19th century, and an example of the work of the architect Seth Bradford

The house is reputed to be haunted. See Smith, Susy, Haunted Haunted Houses for the Millions, Los Angeles: Sherbourne Press, Inc., 1967, pp. 43-45.

The large room on the east side of the first floor has been sub-divided with a balcony over one portion. This area has been made into an apartment for the owner.

About 54 feet by 45 feet; main block plus rear ell; 3 bays; 2 1/2 stories.

Floor plan: The central hall plan has a single room to either side in the main block of the first floor. The unusually large rooms, 22 feet by 45 feet, have 18 foot ceilings. The service rooms are contained in the rear ell. On the second floor of the main block are four principal bedrooms. Each measures 22 feet by 22 feet, with 18 foot ceilings.