Rhode Island State Capitol
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Architect McKim, Mead, and White
Location Providence, Rhode Island   map
Date 1895 to 1903   timeline
Building Type government center
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Style Neoclassical






Site Plan Drawing

Elevation Drawing

Lower Plan Drawing


Upper Plan Drawing

Site plan, historical

Discussion Rhode Island State Capitol Commentary

"The McKim, Mead & White winning entry presented a monumentally classical building with a solidity, appropriate centrality and articulation, though not extreme, of the different internal spaces. The commission cited the 'artistic effect and practical arrangement... The building is monumental in character and of a classic type, as most closely associated with the best civic examples.' Clearly the favorite entry, the design was...described as 'a splendid example of composition, according to the purest ideas of Renaissance.' "

— Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead & White Architects. New York: Rizzoli, 1983. p167.

Sources on Rhode Island State Capitol

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. repetitive to unique diagram, p168. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

McKim, Mead, & White. The Architecture of McKim, Mead, & White in Photographs, Plans, and Elevations. New York: Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26556-0. LC 90-43684. NA737.M4A4. photo of main facade, plate 186. lower floor plan drawing, plate 183.

Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead and White, Architects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. NA737.M4W54. ISBN 0-8478-0491-7. LC 83-4534. plan for the gounds and approaches, f224, p170. Exterior photo of Building, f218, p162. Interior photo of main hall, f221, p166.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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