Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District

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Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District
Audrain Building (Newport, RI).jpg
Audrain Building on the right, Casino on the left, King Block in between
Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District is located in Rhode Island
Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District
Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District is located in the US
Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District
Location 170-230 Bellvue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°28′57″N 71°18′28″W / 41.48250°N 71.30778°W / 41.48250; -71.30778Coordinates: 41°28′57″N 71°18′28″W / 41.48250°N 71.30778°W / 41.48250; -71.30778
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Shingle Style
Part of Bellevue Avenue Historic District (#72000023)
NRHP Reference # 72000024[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 08, 1972
Designated NHLDCP December 8, 1972

The Bellevue Avenue/Casino Historic District encompasses a one-block section of Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. Although Bellevue Avenue is best known for the large number of Gilded Age mansions which line it, this block is a coherent collection of commercial buildings at the northern end of the mansion row. It is anchored around the Newport Casino, now the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and includes three other buildings on the east side of Bellevue Avenue between Memorial Boulevard and East Bowery Street. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972,[1] and is completely contained within the National Historic Landmark District Bellevue Avenue Historic District.[2]

The first building on the block was the Travers Building, 170-184 Bellevue, which was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built in 1870-71 for William Travers. It is a 2-1/2 story brick structure, with applied half-timbering and topped by a mansard roof. It houses ten storefronts. The Newport Casino was built second, and its facilities occupy most of the block east of Bellevue Avenue. A National Historic Landmark, it was designed by McKim, Mead and White, and built in 1879-81. The King Block (204-214 Bellevue) was designed by Perkins and Betton of Boston, Massachusetts and built for Leroy King. It is faced on brown brick and houses six storefronts, and is situated just south of the Casino. The Audrain Building (220-230 Bellevue) completes the block; it was designed by Bruce Price of New York City and built in 1902-3 for Adolf Audrain. It is also divided into six storefronts, set off from each visually by arches.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Bellevue Avenue Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-04.