Stephen Hopkins House

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Stephen Hopkins House


United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.


Images of the Stephen Hopkins House in its initial location on the northeast corner of Towne (now South Main) Street and Hopkins Street and in its current location on the southwest corner of Benefit and Hopkins Street.

From Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:
Stephen Hopkins House (1707, 1743, 1804, 1927): The original small 11h·story, gableroof cottage built in 1707 by John Field forms a rear ell to the 21/2-story, 4-bay-facade portion that Stephen Hopkins built in 1743.
The 1743 section is a center-hall, 2-roomplan structure; the fireplace walls are paneled, and the parlor has a fine shellcarved cupboard over the fireplace. Hopkins was a merchant closely allied to the Brown family of Providence. He was ten times governor of Rhode Island, a staunch advocate of independence from Great Britain, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
As a nationally prominent political figure, Hopkins hosted many of the nation's early leaders on their visits to Providence, including George Washington in 1776 and 1781.
The house originally stood at the foot of Hopkins Street on South Main Street; in 1804, it was moved halfway up the hill,
When its second site became part of the parcel assembled for the Providence County Court House (see 250 Benefit Street), the State of Rhode Island - at the behest of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America - acquired the lot at the corner of Benefit and Hopkins Streets and moved the house here in 1927. Norman M. Isham was engaged to restore the building, and he designed the pedimented entrance on the facade. Still owned by the State, the house has been operated as a museum by the Colonial Dames since the 1920s. The garden was designed by Alden Hopkins, a descendant of Stephen Hopkins and a landscape architect at Colonial Williamsburg.




Rhode Island State Archives


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"Stephen Hopkins House," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #863, (accessed August 24, 2019).