Peckham Houses // c.1855

On a little stretch of Kay Street in Newport, you can find four strikingly similar Italianate style houses, all neighbors. Upon further research, it turns out they were designed by the same man, Job Peckham. Job Almy Peckham (1807-1885) was a descendant of one of nearby Middletown’s “founding” families. He ran a lumberyard and began working as a housewright, building homes. He was a believer of the philosophy “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, so he built many of his houses in a sort of cookie-cutter way, but each showcasing slight design changes. One of the most impressive features of these homes is the massive overhanging eaves with scrolled brackets. Peckham’s own house (bottom right) is included in the bunch. What do you think of these homes?

One thought on “Peckham Houses // c.1855

  1. Alain Munkittrick December 14, 2021 / 8:24 pm

    Interesting variations on a theme. I wonder if the hipped roofs with dormers (unusual for the Italianate where lower sloped roofs topped with cupolas was more the norm) might represent a bow to the prevailing Georgian architecture of Newport? Or, the earliest examples of Colonial Revival?

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