Lincoln Program: A Tour of Governor Henry Lippitt House, circa 1865

Saturday, January 18, 2014

1:30 PM-3:15 PM

Cost: $8 per person

Governor Henry Lippitt House
199 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Sat, 2014-01-18 13:30 - 15:15

"The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is the only intact authentic example of original 19th century high style Victorian decoration in Providence."   - The NY Times

Join us for a tour of this historic mansion on Providence’s East Side – which was built during the Civil War and completed in 1865.

 Limited to 15 attendees – please register early!

Built at 199 Hope Street in Providence for textile merchant Henry Lippitt, his wife Mary Ann Balch Lippitt and their six children, the house was completed in 1865 and occupied by several generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years. Over the years the family made only a few changes respecting the historic integrity of their ancestor's legacy. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is an exceptional testament to local craftsman of the time. The majority of the family’s furnishings still exist in the house.

In 1865 the Lippitt's new home, a three story, twenty room Renaissance Revival with Italian Palazzo elements positioned the family to a new social standing in 19th century Providence. Embellished with elaborate faux finishes from the walls to the ceilings, marble statues, colorful stained glass windows, ornately carved woodwork details and monogrammed dining service the family was ready to entertain in high style. Visitors included the founding families of Providence and the renowned Professor Alexander Graham Bell and later generations entertained Cole Porter and Jack Lemmon.