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Admiral Fitzroy Inn
Admiral Fitzroy Inn is located in Rhode Island
Admiral Fitzroy Inn
Location in Rhode Island
Admiral Fitzroy Inn is located in the United States
Admiral Fitzroy Inn
Location in the United States
Location 398 Thames Street Newport, RI
Built 1854
Architect Dudly Newton
Architectural style Gothic Revival, Italianate
Part of Newport Historic District (ID68000001)
Designated NHLDCP November 24, 1968

Named for Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, The Admiral Fiztroy Inn is located at 398 Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island, in the Newport Historic District.


It was designed by architect Dudly Newton, and built in 1854. It served as the home of the Sisters of Mercy Convent for nuns of St. Mary's church from 1854 to 1924, and later housed the first private Catholic school in Rhode Island, St Mary's Academy from 1854-1924. Jacqueline Bouvier and future U.S. President John F. Kennedy were married in St Mary's Church.

The building was moved from the original site, to the current location of 398 Thames Street, in 1985. It now serves as the Admiral Fitzroy Inn.

Architectural style

The principal architectural style is Gothic, and the secondary is Italianate (according to the Historic Building Data Sheet Rhode Island Statewide Survey Phase 1 and the National Register of Historic Places nomination form for Newport Historic District).


The eighteen rooms have decorative hand-painted walls. The Admiral Fitzroy Inn also has a conference room, a roof-top deck for guests, a small dining room, and a view of the ocean. There is off-street parking for guests. There are some antiques displayed including an original Admiral Fitzroy Barometer that hangs in the lobby.

“Rhode Island - Newport County” [1]. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service (retrieved 2008-11-14)
“Admiral Fitzroy Inn”. [2] (retrieved 2008-11-14)
“Wedding Details: Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy Wedding”. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, [3] (retrieved 2008-11-12)

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