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Property Name James Keith House AND Brown-Morev-Davis Farm
Reference Number 13001090
State New York
County Herkimer
Town Newport
Street Address 2615 Newport Rd AND 2608 Newport Rd
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/15/2014
Areas of Significance Agriculture, Architecture
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The James Keith house and the Brown-Morey-Davis farmhouse are architecturally significant as distinctive early National Period examples of domestic architecture in the town of Newport, New York. Both houses stand as chronicles of the vernacular architecture of the immediate post-settlement era of the region and as part of a regional building tradition of stone construction in the Kuyahoora Valley. As the region's farmers prospered in decades after the American Revolution, they began to replace their settlement-era dwellings with more fashionable architectural residences. Local craftsmen took advantage of the Kuyahoora Valley's abundant and readily-available limestone sources to construct houses in a form and type familiar to the New England settlers of Newport five bay, double pile with a symmetrically-composed entrance elevation. This established typology was then embellished with detailing and features related to the emerging Federal style, which increasingly emphasized the primary elevation's interrelationship with the adjacent road.


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