Herman Melville House (Troy, New York)
Herman Melville House
|Location||2 114th St., Troy, New York|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian, Early Republic|
|NRHP Reference #||92001081|
|Added to NRHP||August 21, 1992|
The home was originally built about 1786 and substantially remodeled in the Late Victorian style about 1872. It is a 2 1⁄2-story, brick and timber frame dwelling with a gable roof. It has a 2-story rear wing.
Herman Melville and his family moved to Lansingburgh in 1838 after deaths in the family and financial concerns. Five years later, in 1843, Melville reflected on the house as "very pleasantly situated on the bank of the Hudson (where I am now writing). Economy was the object of this change of location, and the only one which influenced my mother to forsake the 'place of her heart,' her early companions and old friends."
The building is today preserved and maintained by the Lansingburgh Historical Society.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- Parker, Hershel. Herman Melville: A Biography. Volume One, 1819-1851. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996: 126. ISBN 0-8018-8185-4
- Kathleen LaFrank (May 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Herman Melville House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-13. See also: "Accompanying eight photos".
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