June 1-10, 2018

Join renowned architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson to experience and study four centuries of architecture, art, culture, and landscape at the acclaimed Newport Summer School. This ten-day program is based in Newport, Rhode Island, the “Queen” of American resorts. You will enjoy lectures by Richard Guy Wilson and other leading scholars, tours of private homes, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at some of America’s grandest mansions.

Participants will examine Newport’s most iconic sites: Richard Morris Hunt’s Marble House, The Breakers, and Ochre Court; Richard Upjohn’s Kingscote, and H.H. Richardson’s Sherman House. Additional highlights include McKim, Mead & White’s Isaac Bell House and downtown casino, as well as Victorian gardens, historic churches, and Tiffany windows. Field trips include visits to Providence, RI and North Easton, MA. Participants are housed in Ochre Lodge at Salve Regina University, designed by local architect Dudley Newton in 1890.

Course Director: Richard Guy Wilson

Possible Guest Lecturers include: Pauline C. Metcalf, Paul Miller, Paul Onorato, Laurie Ossman, Pieter Roos, John Tschirch, and James Yarnell.

Tuition: $2,700, which includes expert instruction, course materials, 9 nights shared dormitory-style accommodation, entrance fees, receptions, and some meals (kitchen facilities are on site; many dining options nearby). Full and partial scholarships are available. Please email Anne Mallek, Summer Schools Administrator, at Admin@VSASummerSchools.org, with any additional questions. Applications are due by March 10 (new extended deadline).


How to Apply

Complete the online application and all related materials by March 1. All applications require a $50 application fee. This non-refundable fee can be paid online at VSASummerSchools.org or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You will also need one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact. Letters should include your full name, qualifications, current work, and how you might benefit from the program. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. Successful candidates, including scholarship recipients, must pay a tuition deposit of $350. Deposits are non-refundable and not covered by scholarships.

Click Here to Access the Online Application Form



Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Society Summer Schools Alumni Association, The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, VSA chapters, and other organizations and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Awards are based on merit and financial need. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and all related materials by March 1. A second recommendation letter describing your financial need is also required. This letter should be written by a different author from your general application letter and must describe your specific financial circumstances. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. We also ask for a copy of your 2017 Federal Tax Return.

Click Here to Access the Online Scholarship Application Form