David Chase


Owing to its unique character and architectural heritage, Newport became a microcosm of the Colonial Revival and a mecca for young, developing architects seeking to subject their skills and imagination to the styles and theories that were rapidly spreading across the eastern portion of the United States. In this article, noted architectural historian, David Chase, traces the fate of six Colonial Newport buildings and their relationship to the first concerted public efforts toward preservation in the nineteenth century; a testament to the ideal that architecture is, in fact, the legacy and gift that one generation leaves for another.