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Joseph Perkins–John Hagadorn–Thomas Taylor House

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c. 1775, 1827. 2563 Kingston Rd.
  • Joseph Perkins–John Hagadorn–Thomas Taylor House (John M. Miller)

A slightly earlier twin of the Asa Potter House, this was doubtless designed by the same builder. Its history is a bit more complex. It stands on the site of a house built c. 1775 by Joseph Perkins, a silversmith and merchant. Shortly after John Hagadorn bought it, his niece Elisa inherited it in 1817. On her marriage to Thomas S. Taylor in 1827 she had the house moved back on the property at right angles as an ell and built anew in the grander manner, with door and balustrading variants of those on the Potter house. The porch was added by Francis Hagadorn, who inherited the house in 1861. Around 1880 his builder adapted and exaggerated the porch forms of the nearby Potter house in an early example of the revival of interest in colonial design.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Joseph Perkins–John Hagadorn–Thomas Taylor House", [South 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, 389-389.

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