W. Watts Sherman House
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Architect Henry Hobson Richardson
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Location Newport, Rhode Island   map
Date 1874 to 1875   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System masonry first floor, timber above
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Shingle style
Notes The William Watts Sherman House


Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior


Plan Drawing

Plan Drawing

Perspective Drawing

Discussion W. Watts Sherman House Commentary

"The Sherman house, 1874-75, was designed on a broad expansive plan with rooms clustered about a spacious central stair hall... To this organized form was added a new interest in texture, especially evident in the published rendering drawn by Stanford White, who was then in Richardson's office. Above the masonry of the first floor, shingles, small half-timbered panels, and textured stucco are used. Even the diamond-panel windows continue the overall texture. What could have become cacophonous was held superbly in check by grouping windows in horizontal bands so that although this is a tall house, it is the horizontal line which predominates. Here, with references to medieval manor houses and the contemporary work of the English architect Richard Norman Shaw, is the beginning of the Shingle Style later carried to maturity by McKim, Mead & White and crystallized by the Stoughton house."

— Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. p165-6.

Sources on W. Watts Sherman House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. clustering diagram, p201. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1842.04. PCD.2260.1012.1842.02

Henry-Russel Hitchcock. The Architecture of H. H. Richardson and His Times. Hamden: Archon Books, 1961. NA737.R5H5 1961. perspective drawing, f36. plan drawing of second floor, f39.

Jeffrey Karl Ochsner. H. H. Richardson, Complete Architectural Works. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1982. Exterior photo of house, f52b, p136. Interior photo of stairs, f51f, p139. Top photo on page. plan drawing, p136.

Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1979. ISBN 0-06-430086-2. NA705.R67 1979. drawing by Stanford White, f146, plan drawing, f147, 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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