Newport RI Summer School


Renowned scholar, Richard Guy Wilson, noted author and chair of the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, is the director.

The school is based at the historic campus of Salve Regina University in Newport. In addition to exploring the rich cultural heritage of Newport, participants will have an opportunity to experience the Victorian legacy in many other parts of New England, including Providence, Rhode Island, North Easton and New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Lectures:  Past lectures have included:

  • Nancy Austin, "Rhode Island Mills and Design"

  • Laurie Ossman, "Richard Morris Hunt"

  • Catherine Voorsanger, "Herter Brothers"

  • James Yarnell, "John LaFarge"

  • Pauline Metcalf, "Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman"

  • John Tschirch, "Newport Gardens"

  • Paul Miller, "Newport Interiors of F. Allard & Cie"

  • Richard Guy Wilson, "White Elephants and Little Old Ladies," "The Arts and Crafts Movement," "McKim, Mead and White," and "The American Renaissance."

Visits:  Tours within Newport include visits to the Colonial buildings; the Shingle Style, Colonial Revival, and Beaux Arts cottages such as Chateau-Sur-Mer, Kingscote, the Breakers, Ochre Court, and Marble House; the Casino and resort facilities; and various nineteenth-century churches and gardens. Buildings that are not normally open to the public include the work of McKim, Mead and White, Richard Morris Hunt, Dudley Newton, Ogden Codman, John H. Sturgis, Richard Upjohn, H. H. Richardson, Cram and Goodhue, and Wilson Eyre.


"In my country very little is known about American architecture, so all my knowledge and experience I will pass on to students and colleagues."
- Bohumil Fanta, Professor of Architectural History The Technical University of Prague.

"The Newport Summer School may be used as a model for any summer school as it is highly professional with excellent lectures and organization."
- Dr. Igor Zhuk, Art Historian,Lviv, Western Ukraine

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