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Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative - Colony House

Colony House

Colony House
  • Washington Square
  • Newport
  • RI
  • 02840

Built in 1739 and attributed to architect Richard Munday, it was Rhode Island’s first government building. In addition to serving as the state house, the Colony House has been used for public meetings, important trials, religious and social functions, and is still in use today. A gateway to the colonial section of Newport, this architectural landmark is open seasonally for tours and throughout the year for educational programs.

Open to the public by:

By Appointment Only | Special Events

Offer facility rentals:


Subject areas:

Richard Munday, state house of Rhode Island, architect Norman Isham, National Historic Landmark, Gilbert Stuart, Rhode Island April elections, the Rhode Island General Assembly

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