Eleazer Arnold House

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Eleazer Arnold House
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Arnold House, 1691, Lincoln, Rhode Island
Eleazer Arnold House is located in Rhode Island
Eleazer Arnold House
Eleazer Arnold House is located in the United States
Eleazer Arnold House
LocationLincoln, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°54′10″N 71°25′14″W / 41.90278°N 71.42056°W / 41.90278; -71.42056Coordinates: 41°54′10″N 71°25′14″W / 41.90278°N 71.42056°W / 41.90278; -71.42056
Builtca. 1693
ArchitectDick Richards
Architectural styleColonial, Other
Part ofGreat Road Historic District (#74000051)
NRHP reference #68000006
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 24, 1968[1]
Designated NHLNovember 24, 1968[2]
Designated CPJuly 22, 1974

The Eleazer Arnold House is a historic house built for Eleazer Arnold in about 1693, and located at 487 Great Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island in the Great Road Historic District. It is now a National Historic Landmark owned by Historic New England, and open to the public on weekends.

The house is a relatively large "stone-ender," a building type brought from the western part of England and used most commonly in northern Rhode Island. This geographic-specific aspect may have been due to the attribution of the work to John Smith "the Mason" of Smithfield, Rhode Island and his family. It was built two stories in height, with four rooms on each floor, a lean-to, exposed fieldstone end-walls, wooden side-walls, and a pilastered chimney. By the 20th century, a gable had been added to the structure.

In 1919 the house was donated to Historic New England (then the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) by Preserved Whipple Arnold. It has since undergone two phases of restoration. In 1920 the first stabilization efforts were led by Norman Isham; and in 1950 the house and chimney received a thorough structural rehabilitation. In this second restoration, later alterations were removed to return the building to its 17th-century appearance.

Arnold House in 2008

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1968, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974 for its architectural significance.[2][3]

Today the building closely resembles its form during the early settlement in Rhode Island, though some details, including the leaded glass windows and the front door and its surround, are 20th-century replacements.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Eleazor Arnold House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  3. ^ Patricia Heintzelman and Charles Snell (January 22, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Eleazor Arnold House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying photos, exterior, from 1967 and 1974 (32 KB)

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