Leavitt-Hovey House

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Leavitt-Hovey House
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Leavitt-Hovey House is located in Massachusetts
Leavitt-Hovey House
Location Greenfield, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°35′17″N 72°35′58″W / 42.58806°N 72.59944°W / 42.58806; -72.59944Coordinates: 42°35′17″N 72°35′58″W / 42.58806°N 72.59944°W / 42.58806; -72.59944
Built 1797
Architect Asher Benjamin
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
Part of Main Street Historic District (#88001908)
NRHP Reference # 83003977[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 22, 1983
Designated CP October 13, 1988

The Leavitt-Hovey House is an historic house located at 402 Main Street in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The house was designed by the noted architect Asher Benjamin in 1797 for Judge Jonathan Leavitt and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1][2] In 1988 it was included in the Main Street Historic District.[3]


Judge Jonathan Leavitt was a graduate of Yale College. He began his career as an attorney in Greenfield. He later served as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1812, and Judge of Probate from 1814 to 1821, as well as the first president of the Franklin Bank of Greenfield. He used the west wing of the Leavitt House (now the Leavitt-Hovey House) as a wing for his business activities. Judge Leavitt married the daughter of President Ezra Stiles of Yale College. The father of Judge Leavitt was Rev. Jonathan Leavitt, a Yale graduate who was a Congregational minister in Greenfield. Rev. Leavitt's wife was Sarah Hooker, great-granddaughter of the Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, Connecticut.

Some original architectural elements of the Leavitt-Hovey House are in the collection of Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where they may be seen by appointment.[4]

The town of Greenfield purchased the home in 1907, and in 1909 opened the Greenfield Public Library in the building.[5]

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