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    Lippitt House Museum

    199 Hope Street
    Providence, RI 02906

    Phone: (401) 453-0688   |   Email

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    Heir to one of Rhode Island’s leading textile manufacturing families, Henry Lippitt (1818-1891) designed and supervised the construction in 1865 of a house at 199 Hope Street in Providence for his wife Mary Ann Balch (1823-1889) and their six children. Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years, the house is a three story, thirty room Renaissance Revival villa with Italian palazzo elements. Embellished with elaborate faux...

    Heir to one of Rhode Island’s leading textile manufacturing families, Henry Lippitt (1818-1891) designed and supervised the construction in 1865 of a house at 199 Hope Street in Providence for his wife Mary Ann Balch (1823-1889) and their six children. Occupied by generations of the Lippitt family for 114 years, the house is a three story, thirty room Renaissance Revival villa with Italian palazzo elements. Embellished with elaborate faux finishes, colorful stained glass windows, ornate woodwork details, and surviving original furnishings, the house is also significant for its pioneering mechanical systems. These features combine to create a time capsule of Victorian design worthy of preserving and sharing with the Providence community and beyond. In this spirit, the public programs offered by the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum provide opportunities for the study of Victorian life and put the house and its occupants in a historical perspective to facilitate greater understanding of today’s Providence.

    Henry Lippitt served as Rhode Island Governor from 1875-1877.  His sons continued a tradition of public service with son Charles (1895-1897) also serving as Governor, Henry F. a United Sates Senator (1911-1917) and Robert serving in the Rhode Island General Assembly.  Later descendants, including Fred Lippitt, Duncan Doolittle, John Chafee, and Lincoln Chafee continue the family’s tradition of public service into the 21st century.  The Lippitt women were also involved in civic activities including Mary Balch Lippitt Steedman (1858-1938) helping organize the Providence chapter of the American Red Cross.  Both Mary Ann Balch Lippitt and her daughter, Jeannie Lippitt Weeden (1852-1940), were early advocates for the oral method of deaf education. Following the Lippitt family’s example of public service, the Museum supports programs that promote civic engagement.



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    Admission:

    $10       Adults
    $5         Students (with valid I.D.)
    free       Children 12 and under
    free       Active Military Personnel (with valid I.D.)
    $8         Per Person - groups of ten (10) or more  (advance group tour reservation required)


    Hours:

    Office Hours
    Wednesday thru Friday
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Museum Tour Hours
    May thru October
    Fridays from 11am to 2pm

    November thru April
    By appointment, please call 401.453.0688


    Parking Information:

    Nearby street  parking, free of charge


    Accessibility Information:

    Lippitt House Museum is not wheelchair accessible. Visitors must be able to negotiate several flights of stairs.


    There is no accessibility service information available at this time.


     

    Technical Specifications:

    Chart your own course of history by hosting your private event in this fabulous historic house that has hosted countless social occasions since 1865. The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is an exceptional, intimate venue. Over the years, distinguished guests have included the likes of Alexander Graham Bell, Cole Porter and Jack Lemmon. Your special guests will enjoy its high style Victorian architecture, fine furnishings and finishes that create its unique, opulent ambiance – the perfect setting your special occasion. Your rental includes the first floor of the museum and its grounds, including garden with seasonal working historic fountain. Also, the museum owns tables and chairs that may be used for events free of charge.  Click here for more information.

    Upcoming Events

    Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Museum Director

    November 18, 2017

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    Christmas Scotch Party

    December 7, 2017

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    Christmas at Lippitt House

    December 16, 2017

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