American Architectural History - Mid Georgian

Mid Georgian - Residential

Hunter House

Newport, RI



The Hunter House is a pristine Mid Georgian architectural example. Some iconic Mid Georgian features of this residence include:

The pineapple detail above the main door.

  • decorative balustrade -- indicating a desire for refinement, which was very typical for this period

  • large decorative door

  • pineapple element in broken pediment

  • gambrel roof

  • clapboard siding and interior shutter

  • large central hall -- the size and scale of a house was a mark of prosperity

This house is in the Point neighborhood, which was the original residential center of Newport occupied by seafayers and traders. There were two "front" elevations, one street side and one water side. Currently, the house is a repository for many pieces by the Townsend-Goddard cabinet makers.