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Stephen Cooper House

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1728. 17 West Main St.

West Main Street (Route 1A) winds downhill into the center of town, passing a fine Greek Revival house, the Rufus and Mary Congdon House, one of the few placarded houses in the state with the wife's name beside her husband's. The elaborate fence with its tall urns and the elegantly spare side porch appear to be the work of the famous Rhode Island restoration architect Norman Isham. At numbers 79–103 is a row of eighteenth-century houses. Farther down is the oldest in a town of old houses, the Stephen Cooper House, a shingled, gambrel-roofed house, gable end to the street, which may originally have served as a store or tavern, as it certainly did later.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Stephen Cooper House", [North Kingstown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 357-357.

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