The twin gables flanking a center stair hall organize the plan of this grand shingle style residence for an extended family on the east shore of Jamestown. The diagonally sloping lot allowed a full walk out lower level on the northeast corner, expanding the usable square footage downstairs.

Each main floor room physically and visually flows into the next and opens out onto the screen porches and terraces looking southeast to the Newport Bridge. Articulated gables, rounded bays, a stone base, dovecotes and painted beltcourse were traditional components used to break down the massing.

Inside the use of large doorways, transoms and the continuity of tongue and groove fir ceilings ties each space to the next. Although the interiors appear rich and detailed, we used a simple “kit of parts” which included layered flat trim, battens and quarter rounds. The layering of these basic elements in each room provided a consistency, depth of shadow and texture to the interiors.


James Estes & Gale Goff,
Estes/Twombly Architects, Newport, RI

Highland Builders, Tiverton, RI

Landscape Architect:
Martha Moore LA, Tiverton, RI

Interior Decorator:
Elisabeth Ballou, ADI, Pawtucket, RI

Warren Jagger Photography, Providence, RI