Esek Hopkins House
Esek Hopkins House
|Architectural style||No Style Listed|
|NRHP Reference #||73000071 |
|Added to NRHP||May 22, 1973|
The oldest portion of the house is a 2-1/2 story gable-roof block, three bays wide, with an entry in the rightmost bay. To the right of this section is a 1-1/2 story gambrel-roofed addition, dating to the early 19th century. A single-story gable-roof ell extends from the rear of the main block.
Dating to 1754, the house was the home of Esek Hopkins, the first commander-in-chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. After Hopkins died, his daughters inherited the property, and it remained in the family for the next century. Descendant Elizabeth West Gould died in 1907, and the property was donated to the City of Providence in accordance with her wishes in 1908, with the stipulation that it be converted into a museum. Accounts of the time recounted that the property was being restored to its original condition.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Over the years, various plans were put forward over the years to convert the house into a museum. They all failed for lack of resources. Most recently, in 2011 the Providence Parks department put forward a plan to convert the house into a part-time museum; this has not yet come to pass.
The building has suffered from inadequate maintenance by the city's parks department, and was placed on the Providence Preservation Society's "Most Endangered Properties" list in 1995, 2011 and again in 2015.
- "Old Providence: A Collection of Facts and Traditions relating to Various Buildings and Sites of Historic Interest in Providence" (Merchants National Bank of Providence, 1918)
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Geake, Robert A. (1 August 2014). "The admiral's all but abandoned Providence homestead". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "NRHP nomination for Esek Hopkins House" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- "2011 Most Endangered Properties". Providence Preservation Society. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
- "2015 Most Endangered Properties List". Providence Preservation Society. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
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