History in towns: Bristol Rhode Island

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, Summer 2010 | Fig. 1. Detail of the parapet of the house in Fig. 7. Fig. 2. Glimpsed through the bandstand on Bristol’s common are three civic buildings, from the left: the Bristol County Courthouse, built 1816 (which served as one of five meeting places for the state’s General Assembly between 1819 and 1852); the First …

Ralph Emerson Carpenter Jr., 1909-2009

Editorial Staff Opinion

Ralph Emerson Carpenter Jr. of Newport, Rhode Island, died on Monday, February 2, in the middle of his ninety-ninth year. Known affectionately as “Mr. Newport” for his lifelong work on the historic preservation of Newport’s architecture and for his research and writing on eighteenth-century Newport furniture made by the Townsends and the Goddards, Carpenter was a superbly elegant gentleman. His …