Samuel Butler House

This large house in Newport, Rhode Island was hard to get in one photo, along with Snickers, but we did our best.

The following info was from a sign explaining some of the neighborhood’s historical structures:

“Samuel Butler was a Maine-born, Harvard-trained physician. He moved to Newport in 1842 and began a successful career as a doctor and community leader, serving on the Newport School Committee and as a director of the Redwood Library.

Butler built this house in 1865 in the Greek Revival style. It was enlarged by 1876, when an Italianate three-story tower and a small ell were added. The house provides a catalogue of details typical of both styles.

The original section is adorned with stylized pilasters (square columns attached to the exterior walls), common features of the Greek Revival style. They are used here in a vernacular form instead of as free-standing columns typically found in high-style versions of Greek Revival homes.

The windows on the added tower are textbook examples of Italinate style. The triple, rounded windows on the third floor, with their stilted arches and those on the first — surmounted by a graceful, arched hood — are notable features of this style.

The Green Revival style was triggered by archeological excavations in Greece in the early 19th century and an identification in America with the Greeks struggle for independence from the Turks. The Italianate style was part of the Picturesque Movement, a reaction to the formal, classical ideals embodied in the Greek Revival style.

Thus, the Butler House is comprised of two sections with aesthetically opposing architectural styles.

Butler died in 1881, and his wife died a few years later. Their daughter, Miss. E. Augusta Butler, inherited the house and lived here alone until her death in 1901.”

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