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Babbitt–Smith House

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1795, c. 1810. 328 Hope St.

Although early accounts record that merchants Jacob Babbitt and Barnard Smith built this house as a double in 1795, its character is that of a five-bay Federal house. In 1810 it was acquired by Captain Daniel Morice, a Frenchman from Haiti, who perhaps added its most striking feature, the boisterous roof with its odd combination of jerkinheads, hips, and gables and an oversized lunette centered in the attic. The woodwork is of outstanding quality, particularly in the very fine dentil molding and the Ionic frontispiece of the entrance. Much, alas, has been lost under aluminum siding.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Babbitt–Smith House", [Bristol, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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