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Luce Hall

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Area  less than one acre
Architectural style  Other
Opened  1890
Added to NRHP  22 September 1972
Built  1890
NRHP Reference #  72001439
Architecture firm  George C. Mason & Son
Luce Hall
Location  Building 1 Luce Avenue Naval Station Newport
Part of  Original US Naval War College (#66000876)
Address  Building 1, Luce Ave, Newport, RI 02841, United States
Similar  Naval War College Museum, Claiborne Pell Newport, Fort Adams State Park, Castle Hill Light, Wanton–Lyman–Hazard House

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Luce Hall was the first purpose-built building for the U.S. Naval War College, founded at Newport, Rhode Island, in 1884. It is located at Building 1, Luce Avenue, Naval Station Newport. The building is named after Rear Admiral Stephen Luce.


In a Flemish style inspired by the town hall and guild halls on the Grote Markt in Antwerp, Belgium, local Newport architects George C. Mason & Son designed the building for the Navy with gables facing Narragansett Bay. It was completed on 22 May 1892 at the cost of $82,875, with the remainder of the $100,000 Congressional appropriation being spent on heating and equipment. The building was originally designed to have four sets of officers' quarters, one in each corner of the building, with the College classrooms, library, and administration located in the center section. This usage remained until 1914, when the entire building was opened for official uses.

The building was the main administrative building for the Naval War College from 1892, when Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan was President of the Naval War College for his second time, until 1974 during the presidency of Vice Admiral Stansfield Turner, when the president's office was moved to newly constructed Conolly Hall.

The building was designated part of a National Historic Landmark District, along with the building that is now the Naval War College Museum (which housed the college's first facilities but was built in 1819 to house Newport's poor), in 1964. It was separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

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