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Newport Art Museum

  • Historically Known As: John Griswold House
  • Also Known As: The Art Association of Newport

  • Address: 76 Bellevue Ave
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1861/07/00 Richard Morris Hunt Architect While Richard M Hunt and his wife Catharine stay with John Griswold and his wife Jane in Paris for two weeks, it is agreed that Hunt will design a house for the Griswolds in Newport. Richard and Catharine Hunt have been friends with John and Jane Griswold
1862/11/25 Rowland G Hazard Seller John Griswold buys the Fry and Shaw Estates from Rowland Hazard and Margaret E Hazard. The price of $28,000 consisted of $18,000 paid to the Hazards and two mortgages: $4,000 made by Mary E Rhodes and $6,000 made by the Hazards. Two houses will be moved.
1863/03/00 John N A Griswold Home The Newport Mercury reports that John N A Griswold is one of seven gentlemen who are building or about to build residences on the hill. The Griswold house will be built by the local firm of Cranston and Burdick.
1864/00/00 Jane Louisa Emmet Griswold Home Reported to cost $30,000 when it was finished, J Griswold has built one of the best houses in the city, two stories high, Gothic, with slate roof, as is also the carriage house and stables. The style is quite peculiar but attractive.
1909/09/13 John N A Griswold Died John N A Griswold dies at his Newport home.
1915/11/11 George Griswold Frelinghuysen Work Frederick and George G Frelinghuysen, executors of J Griswold's will, sell the estate to the Art Association of Newport for $40,000. William Sheffield commits to buying the estate with the understanding that the Association must raise $40,000 by Dec 18th.
1915/12/00 Mrs John Murray Forbes (John and Jane Griswold's daughter Minnie), makes a generous offer to donate furniture for the museum.
1915/12/00 Arthur Curtiss James Benefactor Mrs Arthur Curtiss James donates $5,000 to the Art Association of Newport building campaign.
1915/12/00 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Benefactor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney contributes $5,000 to the Art Association of Newport building campaign.
1915/12/00 Ruth Payne Burgess proposes at her own expense to fit up and furnish the South West room of the first floor as a library and reading room and stock it with the standard works upon Art and the approved Art periodical.
1915/12/00 Marsden J Perry Benefactor Marsden J Perry, an active member of the board and chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, makes a substantial gift of $2,000 toward the purchase. Mr Perry also personally will pay many ofthe bills for the early work on the house.
1916/03/18 Maud Howe Elliott Vocation The Art Association moves into the Griswold House, the date the lease expired on their former quarters on Church Street. The Drury Gallery, the former dining room, becomes the Directors' Room and is set up with an office for Maud Howe Elliott.
1916/09/07 Stone, Carpenter and Sheldon Architect Mr Sheldon has devised a way by which the ceiling can be slanted the whole length of the room .... by putting a small platform one step up above the hall floor in the part of the third story hall that jogs into the room. - letter to Marsden Perry
1920/08/20 William Adams Delano Architect Designed by William Adams Delano, the Howard Gardiner Cushing Gallery opens, among the largest benefactors is Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.
1921/01/00 Henry Vincent Hubbard Landscape Architect The Olmsted Brothers present a planting plan and accompanying planting list. Henry Vincent Hubbard, the principal in charge, made several recommendations regarding the driveway, parking areas, entrances and exits from the property, proposed plantings and

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Particulars for Newport Art Museum:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Sight Category Building
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 5th November 1971

Registry Name: Griswold, John, House
Registry Address: 76 Bellevue Ave
Registry Number: 71000023
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Hunt,Richard Morris
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 2
Contributing Buildings: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Art, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1863, 1864
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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