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Fort Adams, Newport Neck, Newport, Newport County, RI



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Location
Newport Neck, Newport, RI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS RI-347
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N129).
Building/structure dates: 182 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1906 subsequent work
National Register Number: 70000014
Significance: Fort Adams, one of principal coastal defenses along the Atlantic, was built between 1824 and 1857, replacing Revolutionary defenses. Situated on a point at the entrance to Newport harbor, it is the principal installation of a series of fortifications built to control entrance to Narragansett Bay. The fort consists of an irregular pentagonal masonry main-work with sides up to 900 feet long. Two- and three-tiered casements high, it has granite walls and brick vaulting. On a point with water on three sides, the fort has extensive landward works, and a large granite redoubt beyond the outworks. The complex includes interesting additions and alterations in the area of the main-work, and handsome late-nineteenth century residential buildings beyond the outworks. The present Fort Adams never saw military action, but the Naval Academy was moved there during the Civil War, and the summer White House was located there during the Eisenhower Administration. The Army transferred the fort to the Navy in 1953, and the area of the main-work was transferred to the State of Rhode Island in 1964 to be developed for historical and recreational purposes.

Subjects
Forts & Fortifications


Related Names
Eisenhower
Totten, Joseph G.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Photocopy of 1955 map, by U.S. Naval Station DETAIL.
2. EAST ELEVATION, SALLY PORT ENTRANCE
3. DETAIL VIEW OF SALLY PORT EAST ENTRANCE
4. VIEW OF CANNON ELEVATION ON EAST WALL FROM SOUTHEAST
5. DETAIL VIEW OF CANNON FROM EAST
6. LOOKING WEST INTO SALLY PORT ENTRANCE FROM INSIDE THE GATE
7. LOOKING SOUTH ALONG EXTERIOR WEST SCARP FROM THE NORTHWEST
8. LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS NORTH EXTERIOR WALL OF SOUTHWEST BASTION AND SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE GATE
9. VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARD SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE GATE
10. LOOKING NORTH AT WEST SCARP
11. LOOKING NORTHEAST AT SOUTHWEST WALL OF NORTHWEST BASTION
12. LOOKING NORTHEAST AT WEST SCARP AND EXTERIOR OF NORTHWEST BASTION
13. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST AT NORTH SCARP FROM THE NORTHWEST
14. GENERAL VIEW OF NORTH SCARP FROM THE NORTHWEST
15. VIEW OF NORTH SCARP FROM THE NORTHWEST
16. LOOKING SOUTH AT NORTH GATE
17. LOOKING EAST OF WEST SIDE OF NORTHEAST BASTION EMBRASURES
18. LOOKING NORTH TOWARD THE BAY FROM EXTERIOR OF NORTH SCARP
19. LOOKING WEST ALONG NORTHWEST BASTION OF NORTH SCARP TOWARDS THE SUNSET
20. LOOKING SOUTH FROM NORTH CURTAIN ACROSS PARADE GROUND AT OFFICER'S QUARTERS
21. VIEW OF CURVED SECTION OF OFFICER'S QUARTERS ON THE INTERIOR OF EAST WALL
22. GENERAL VIEW OF EAST INTERIOR WALL FROM NORTH
23. VIEW OF EAST MAIN ENTRANCE LOOKING SOUTHEAST FROM COURTYARD
24. VIEW OF EAST MAIN ENTRANCE LOOKING EAST FROM COURTYARD
25. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING EAST TOWARD CASEMATE THROUGH PASSAGE
26. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT KITCHEN OVENS
27. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT KITCHEN OVENS, WITH SCALE
28. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, DETAIL OF LEFT KITCHEN OVEN FROM THE EAST
29. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, DETAIL OF LEFT KITCHEN OVEN FROM THE EAST, WITH SCALE
30. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING SOUTH TO DETAIL OF KITCHEN KETTLE
31. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING SOUTH TO DETAIL OF KITCHEN KETTLE, WITH SCALE
32. SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM INTERIOR PASSAGE AT COOKING HEARTH
33. VIEW LOOKING WEST ALONG SOUTHEAST SCARP
34. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTHEAST SCARP LOOKING NORTH
35. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTHEAST SCARP LOOKING NORTH, WITH SCALE
36. DETAIL VIEW OF CAST IRON PLATFORM AT SOUTHEAST SCARP ENTRANCE
37. LOOKING NORTH AT SCARP FROM INTERIOR DITCH
38. LOOKING NORTH AT SCARP FROM INTERIOR DITCH, WITH SCALE
39. VIEW LOOKING EAST ALONG INTERIOR OF DITCH AT INTERSECTION OF SOUTHEAST SCARP AND COUNTER SCARP
40. LOOKING NORTHEAST ALONG INTERIOR DITCH OF SOUTHEAST SCARP
41. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST AT SOUTHFACE OF SOUTHEAST SCARP
42. LOOKING EAST ALONG COUNTER SCARP RAMP FROM SOUTHEAST INTERIOR DITCH
43. LOOKING EAST AT TENAILLE
44. VIEW LOOKING EAST TOWARDS THE INTERSECTION OF THE TENAILLE AND DEMIBASTION
45. LOOKING SOUTHWEST TOWARD SOUTH BASTION ALONG SOUTHEAST COUNTER SCARP AND TENAILLE
46. LOOKING NORTH FROM INSIDE PASSAGE FROM TENAILLE TO COUNTERSCARP
47. LOOKING SOUTHEAST TOWARDS GHOST OF PAS DE SOURIS (STAIRS)
48. LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT GUN PORTS IN WALL
49. LOOKING SOUTHEAST AT GUN PORTS, WITH SCALE
50. DETAIL OF GUN PORTS
51. DETAIL OF GUN PORTS, WITH SCALE
52. LOOKING SOUTHEAST ALONG SOUTHEAST EXTERIOR DITCH TOWARD PAS DE SOURIS (STAIRS)
53. LOOKING NORTHEAST AT EMBRASURE IN WALL OF SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION FROM SOUTHEAST EXTERIOR DITCH
54. LOOKING NORTHEAST AT EMBRASURE IN WALL OF SOUTHEAST DEMIBASTION FROM SOUTHEAST EXTERIOR DITCH, WITH SCALE
55. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS ENTRANCE TO EAST LISTENING TUNNEL FROM COUNTER SCARP GALLERY
56. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS ENTRANCE TO EAST LISTENING TUNNEL FROM COUNTER SCARP GALLERY, WITH SCALE
57. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING NORTHEAST TOWARD COUNTER SCARP GALLERY
58. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING INTO CASEMATE FROM THE INTERSECTION OF CASEMATES
59. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING SOUTH DOWN INTO MAIN LISTENING TUNNEL FROM SOUTH CASEMATE
60. SOUTH BASTION, DETAIL VIEW DOWN MAIN LISTENING TUNNEL FROM SOUTH CASEMATE
61. SOUTH BASTION, LOOKING WEST INTO WEST CASEMATE FROM THE SOUTH CASEMATE
62. VIEW LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM SOUTHWEST EXTERIOR DITCH
63. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST AT OUTWORK SOUTHWEST TENAILLE
64. VIEW LOOKING WEST OF TENAILLE
65. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST THROUGH WEST COUNTER SCARP ARCHES
66. VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST THROUGH WEST COUNTER SCARP ARCHES
67. LOOKING WEST AT SOUTHWEST COUNTER SCARP ALONG INTERIOR DITCH
68. LOOKING NORTHWEST ALONG INTERIOR DITCH TOWARD SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE
69. LOOKING NORTHWEST ALONG INTERIOR DITCH TOWARD SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE
70. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF BARRACKS IN WEST SCARP FROM THE SOUTHWEST
71. LOOKING NORTHEAST AT WEST CURTAIN
72. VIEW TAKEN FROM THE TOP OF THE INTERSECTION OF NORTHWEST BASTION AND NORTH CURTAIN LOOKING SOUTH AT BARRACKS IN THE WEST CURTAIN
73. VIEW LOOKING WEST AT WEST CURTAIN
74. LOOKING NORTHWEST AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEST CURTAIN AND NORTHWEST BASTION
75. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH AT INTERSECTION OF WEST CURTAIN AND NORTHWEST BASTION
76. PERSPECTIVE VIEW LOOKING SOUTHWEST ALONG WEST CURTAIN
77. VIEW LOOKING NORTH AT THE INTERSECTION OF NORTHWEST BASTION AND NORTH SCARP
78. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF WEST CURTAIN FROM THE NORTHEAST
79. VIEW FROM WEST OF EAST SIDE OF NORTHWEST BASTION
80. LOOKING AT NORTHWEST CORNER OF NORTHWEST BASTION
81. DETAIL VIEW OF STONE CASEMATES, NORTH WALL OF NORTHWEST BASTION
82. VIEW OF CASEMATES, EAST SIDE OF NORTHWEST BASTION
83. VIEW OF ARCH ENTRANCE TO STAIR, EAST SIDE OF NORTHWEST BASTION
84. DETAIL VIEW OF STAIRS AT ARCH ENTRANCE ON EAST SIDE OF NORTH WALL
85. VIEW OF CORNER SECTION WITH STAIRS AND CASEMENTS
86. PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF SOUTH SIDE NORTH WALL FROM WEST
87. GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTH TO NORTH TOWARDS NORTH CURTAIN AND NORTH GATE
88. VIEW LOOKING NORTH OF STAIRCASE THAT ASCENDS FROM THE NORTH CURTAIN TO THE NORTHEAST DEMIBASTION
89. VIEW LOOKING NORTH OF STAIRCASE THAT ASCENDS FROM THE NORTH CURTAIN TO THE NORTHEAST DEMIBASTION, WITH SCALE
90. NORTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING NORTHWEST FROM POWDER MAGAZINE INTO SOUTHWEST CASEMATE
91. NORTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHWEST CASEMATE
92. NORTHEAST DEMIBASTION, LOOKING NORTHEAST AT CASEMATE TOWARD SLOPED OPEN DRAIN IN OPEN PASSAGE WAY
93. VIEW FROM ATOP NORTHEAST BASTION LOOKING SOUTH AT OFFICER'S QUARTERS ON THE EAST WALL
94. OFFICER'S QUARTERS, NORTHEAST SECTION, LOOKING AT NORTHEAST CORNER OF FIREPLACE AND WINDOW FRAME
95. OFFICER'S QUARTERS, NORTHEAST SECTION, LOOKING EAST AT FIREPLACE/BAKE OVEN
96. OFFICER'S QUARTERS, NORTHEAST SECTION, LOOKING EAST AT SLIDING DOOR DETAIL AND INTO THE INTERIOR OF ROOM
97. OFFICER'S QUARTERS, LOOKING EAST AT LATH DETAIL FROM ROOM INTO HALLWAY
98. OFFICER'S QUARTERS, LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD REDOUBT FROM GUN PORT IN MIDDLE SECTION OF OFFICER'S QUARTERS.
General view looking from the northwest (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-14)
View looking southeast along southeast exterior ditch (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-52)
View looking south at the intersection of the west curtain and northwest bastion (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-75)
General view looking from south to north toward the north curtain and north gate (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-87)
View looking north of the staircase (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-88)
View of the officers' quarters, looking south to redoubt (duplicate of HABS No. RI-347-98)
View at night


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