Herman Melville House (Troy, New York)

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Herman Melville House
Herman Melville House - Lansingburgh.JPG
Herman Melville House (Troy, New York) is located in New York
Herman Melville House (Troy, New York)
Herman Melville House (Troy, New York) is located in the US
Herman Melville House (Troy, New York)
Location 2 114th St., Troy, New York
Coordinates 42°46′23″N 73°40′45″W / 42.77306°N 73.67917°W / 42.77306; -73.67917Coordinates: 42°46′23″N 73°40′45″W / 42.77306°N 73.67917°W / 42.77306; -73.67917
Built 1786
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Late Victorian, Early Republic
NRHP Reference # 92001081[1]
Added to NRHP August 21, 1992

The Herman Melville House is a historic home located at Lansingburgh in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. It was a home of author Herman Melville between 1838 and 1847.


The home was originally built about 1786 and substantially remodeled in the Late Victorian style about 1872. It is a 2 12-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's brother Allan 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."[2]

The building is today preserved and maintained by the Lansingburgh Historical Society.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Arrowhead, the Herman Melville House in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where Melville lived from 1850 until 1863


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Parker, Hershel. Herman Melville: A Biography. Volume One, 1819-1851. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996: 126. ISBN 0-8018-8185-4
  3. ^ 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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