American Architectural History - Early Georgian
Early Georgian - Religious
Richard Munday, 1725
Early Georgian religious structures, exemplified in Trinity Church, share these characteristics:
high steeple to emphasize importance of religion in colonial life
pulpit centered on main isle
family dedicated pews
Trinity Church has a ship-like interior structure, which seems to have been a natural outgrowth of Richard Munday's shipbuilding background. Trinity Church also expanded from 5 bays to 7 bays by adding to the middle of the structure.
Early Georgian - Civic
Richard Munday, 1739
Architectural Early Georgian characteristics of the Colony House include:
brick exterior, as it was a very precious material at the time
large decorative porch and pediment for public announcements and ceremonies
gambrel sloped roof
The "Georgian period" was names after King George (I, II, & III). The structure of the building was ship-like, much as Trinity Church is, as builder and architect Richard Munday had a shipbuilding background. The Colony House served as a legislative capital for Rhode Island until the early 20th century. It was also featured as the court setting for Steven Speilberg's movie, Amistad.