Newport, Rhode Island is a place of memory, both collective and individual, where myth and reality intersect in streets and public spaces. Spectacular scenery, a centuries-old architectural heritage, and the cultural legacy of its residents and visitors make for a storied past. Join author John Tschirch, an architectural historian with the Newport Historical Society and visiting curator of Urban History, for a deep dive into the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Newport to celebrate the release of his new book, Newport: The Artful City.

Newport Artful CityImage Courtesy of Newport Historical Society

“Newport is such a historically intact city, it has stories to tell,” says Tschirch. Through the media of maps, paintings, photographs and literary descriptions, the city’s evolution may be traced from the entrepreneurship and religious circumstances determining its colonial streetscapes to the picturesque ideals that inspired the nineteenth-century resort area and the tenets of urban renewal and historic preservation that shaped the twentieth-century city. Through the ages, Newport became an accidental work of art never subject to a grand plan with a grand vision, but the final effect is artful, eliciting the responses associated with a work of art: admiration; condemnation; interpretation; and inspiration. John Tschirch is the author of Newport: The Artful City, which releases November 2. Buy your own copy here!

Newport Artful CityImage Courtesy of Newport Historical Society

This live virtual event on Tuesday, November 10th at 12:00PM ET is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code JOINUS. A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterward in the Video Archive section of our website.


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