List of National Historic Landmarks in Rhode Island

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This article provide a 'List of National Historic Landmarks in Rhode Island'. There are 45 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) in Rhode Island. In addition there are two National Park Service administered or affiliated areas of national historic importance in the state.


Rhode Island's National Historic Landmarks are distributed across all five of Rhode Island's counties.

Landmark nameImageDate declaredLocalityCountyDescription
1Nelson W. Aldrich HouseNelson Aldrich House edit1.jpgDecember 8, 1976Providence
41°49′30″N 71°23′44″W / 41.8251°N 71.3956°W / 41.8251; -71.3956 (Aldrich, Nelson W., House)
ProvidenceFederal-style home of Aldrich, a U.S. Senator and one of the most powerful men in Washington around the turn of the 20th century. Today home to the Rhode Island Historical Society.
2ArcadeWestminster Arcade.jpgMay 11, 1976Providence
41°49′27″N 71°24′39″W / 41.8241°N 71.4107°W / 41.8241; -71.4107 (Arcade, The)
ProvidenceFirst enclosed shopping mall in U.S., built in 1828.
3Eleazer Arnold HouseArnold House, 1691November 24, 1968Lincoln
41°54′03″N 71°25′13″W / 41.9009°N 71.4204°W / 41.9009; -71.4204 (Arnold, Eleazer, House)
ProvidenceArnold House, 1691.
4Isaac Bell, Jr., HouseIsaac Bell House, Newport, RI.jpgSeptember 25, 1997Newport
41°28′45″N 71°18′42″W / 41.4793°N 71.3117°W / 41.4793; -71.3117 (Bell, Isaac, Jr., House)
NewportFirst major Shingle-style house
5Bellevue Avenue Historic DistrictBellevue Avenue in front of Vernon Court, Newport, RI.jpgMay 11, 1976Newport
41°28′13″N 71°18′26″W / 41.4703°N 71.3072°W / 41.4703; -71.3072 (Bellevue Avenue Historic District)
NewportMansions, many exemplary of period styles, built here by summer vacationers in late 19th and early 20th centuries.
6Block Island South East LightLighthouse on Block Island, RI 02.jpgSeptember 25, 1997New Shoreham
41°09′35″N 71°32′50″W / 41.1597°N 71.5472°W / 41.1597; -71.5472 (Block Island South East Light)
WashingtonAn 1874 Victorian Gothic brick lighthouse.
7The BreakersThe Breakers Newport.jpgOctober 12, 1994Newport
41°28′11″N 71°17′55″W / 41.4697°N 71.2986°W / 41.4697; -71.2986 (Breakers, The)
NewportThis mansion was built in the 1890s as the summer house of Cornelius Vanderbilt II.
8Brick MarketNewport History Museum edit1.jpgOctober 9, 1960Newport
41°29′24″N 71°18′55″W / 41.4901°N 71.3152°W / 41.4901; -71.3152 (Brick Market)
NewportSophisticated Classical-style Colonial building.
9John Brown HouseJohn Brown House, Providence, RI edit1.jpgNovember 24, 1968Providence
41°49′22″N 71°24′13″W / 41.8228°N 71.4037°W / 41.8228; -71.4037 (Brown, John, House)
ProvidenceGeorgian home of John Brown, benefactor of Brown University, built in 1786.
10Chateau-sur-MerChateau-sur-Mer, Newport, Rhode IslandFebruary 17, 2006Newport
41°28′16″N 71°18′19″W / 41.4712°N 71.3053°W / 41.4712; -71.3053 (Chateau-sur-Mer)
NewportThis 1852 French villa was built for merchant William Shepard Wetmore. It was the first great Newport mansion of the late 19th century.
11Cocumscossoc Archeological SiteSmith's Castle, Wickford, RI.jpgApril 12, 1993Wickford
41°35′00″N 71°27′16″W / 41.5833°N 71.4544°W / 41.5833; -71.4544 (Cocumscossoc Archeological Site)
WashingtonArea around Smith's Castle, one of Rhode Island's oldest houses, built on the site of an early trading post established by Roger Williams.
12College Hill Historic DistrictBenefit Street, Providence, RI.jpgDecember 30, 1970Providence
41°49′35″N 71°24′12″W / 41.8264°N 71.4033°W / 41.8264; -71.4033 (College Hill historic District)
ProvidenceOriginal 120 acres (30 ha) of Providence as laid out by Roger Williams; today populated by many well-preserved historic homes, Brown University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
13Corliss-Carrington HouseCorliss-Carrington House, Providence, RI.jpgDecember 30, 1970Providence
41°49′20″N 71°24′08″W / 41.8223°N 71.4021°W / 41.8223; -71.4021 (Corliss-Carrington House)
ProvidenceWell-preserved example of an Adamesque-Federal style townhouse from 1812, with decorative wrought iron columns.
14Crescent Park Looff CarouselCrescent Park Carousel, East Providence, RI.jpgFebruary 27, 1987East Providence
41°45′23″N 71°21′33″W / 41.7564°N 71.3592°W / 41.7564; -71.3592 (Crescent Park Looff Carousel)
ProvidenceWell-preserved, working carousel by Charles I.D. Looff from 1895; extremely detailed workmanship.
15The ElmsThe Elms, viewed from its great lawn.June 19, 1996Newport
41°29′08″N 71°18′14″W / 41.4855°N 71.3040°W / 41.4855; -71.3040 (Elms, The)
NewportSummer "cottage" and estate of Edward J. Berwind in Classical Revival style.
16First Baptist MeetinghouseFirst Baptist Meetinghouse, Providence, RI.jpgOctober 9, 1960Providence
41°49′31″N 71°24′33″W / 41.8253°N 71.4091°W / 41.8253; -71.4091 (First Baptist Meetinghouse)
ProvidenceOldest congregation in the United States, founded by Roger Williams in 1638. Current building dates to 1775.
17Fleur-de-lys StudiosFleur-de-Lys Studios.jpgOctober 5, 1992Providence
41°49′39″N 71°24′32″W / 41.8275°N 71.4088°W / 41.8275; -71.4088 (Fleur-de-lys Studios)
ProvidenceCollaboration by Sydney Richmond Burleigh and Edmund Willson is a key early work by American Arts and Crafts Movement.
18Flying Horse CarouselFlying Horse Carousel.jpgFebruary 27, 1987Watch Hill
41°18′25″N 71°51′31″W / 41.3069°N 71.8585°W / 41.3069; -71.8585 (Flying Horse Carousel)
WashingtonOne of the earliest American carousels still in operation, dating to 1876. The horses are suspended from chains, giving it its name.
19Fort AdamsFortAdamsNewportRI.jpgDecember 8, 1970Newport
41°28′30″N 71°20′28″W / 41.475°N 71.3411°W / 41.475; -71.3411 (Fort Adams)
NewportSite of fortifications since 1799, most of the extant facilities date to the mid-19th century. Fort Adams was the principal defense site for Narragansett Bay.
20Gen. Nathanael Greene HomesteadNathanael Greene Homestead.JPGNovember 28, 1972Coventry
41°41′42″N 71°32′43″W / 41.6950°N 71.5452°W / 41.6950; -71.5452 (Greene, Gen. Nathanael, Homestead)
KentHomestead of American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene
21John N. A. Griswold HouseJohn Griswold House.JPGMay 16, 2000Newport
41°29′09″N 71°18′32″W / 41.4858°N 71.3089°W / 41.4858; -71.3089 (Griswold, John N. A., House)
NewportAn early work of architect Richard Morris Hunt, this Stick style house was built in 1864 for China merchant John Griswold.
22Gov. Stephen Hopkins HouseStephen Hopkins House, Providence, RI.jpgNovember 11, 1971Providence
41°49′30″N 71°24′26″W / 41.8250°N 71.4071°W / 41.8250; -71.4071 (Hopkins, Gov. Stephen, House)
ProvidenceHome of Stephen Hopkins, colonial and state governor, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence
23Hunter HouseHunter House, Newport, RI edit1.jpgNovember 24, 1968Newport
41°29′36″N 71°19′15″W / 41.4933°N 71.3209°W / 41.4933; -71.3209 (Hunter House)
NewportIts oldest parts dating to 1748, this house is an excellent example of Georgian frame house, with many interior features and original furnishings.
24Thomas P. Ives House1937 HABS photoDecember 30, 1970Providence
41°49′22″N 71°24′08″W / 41.8229°N 71.4021°W / 41.8229; -71.4021 (Ives, Thomas P., House)
ProvidenceAn Adamesque-Federal style house, built in the early 1800s.
25Edward King HouseEdward King House, Newport, RI.jpgDecember 30, 1970Newport
41°28′49″N 71°18′41″W / 41.4802°N 71.3114°W / 41.4802; -71.3114 (King, Edward, House)
NewportThis Richard Upjohn-designed Italian villa house was built for a local merchant and was the largest in the city at time of its 1847 completion.
26KingscoteKingscote, Newport, RI.jpgJune 19, 1996Newport
41°28′30″N 71°18′27″W / 41.4750°N 71.3075°W / 41.4750; -71.3075 (Kingscote)
Newport1839 Gothic Revival house by Richard Upjohn was the first summer residence in Newport.
27Governor Henry Lippitt HouseHenry Lippitt House, Providence, RI.jpgMay 11, 1976Providence
41°49′41″N 71°23′50″W / 41.8280°N 71.3973°W / 41.8280; -71.3973 (Lippitt, Gov. Henry, House)
ProvidenceThis well-preserved 1865 Italianate villa-style house was built for Governor Henry Lippitt. It is now a house museum, with original interior furnishings by architect Henry Childs.
28Marble HouseMarble House, Newport, Rhode Island edit1.jpgFebruary 17, 1976Newport
41°27′43″N 71°18′20″W / 41.4620°N 71.3056°W / 41.4620; -71.3056 (Marble House)
NewportDesigned by Richard Morris Hunt for William Kissam Vanderbilt, this was one of the earliest Beaux Arts houses in the U.S.; it helped begin the trend of building mansions in Newport.
29Newport CasinoNewport Casino.jpgFebruary 27, 1987Newport
41°28′56″N 71°18′30″W / 41.4823°N 71.3084°W / 41.4823; -71.3084 (Newport Casino)
NewportEarly McKim, Mead and White Shingle-style building; also one of the first social clubs to include recreational facilities. Home to International Tennis Hall of Fame.
30Newport Historic DistrictSpring and Mary streets, Newport, RI edit.jpgNovember 24, 1968Newport
41°29′24″N 71°18′49″W / 41.49°N 71.3136°W / 41.49; -71.3136 (Newport Historic District)
NewportA well-preserved collection of colonial-era buildings in central Newport.
31Nightingale-Brown HouseNightingale-Brown House.jpgJune 29, 1989Providence
41°49′20″N 71°24′12″W / 41.8221°N 71.4033°W / 41.8221; -71.4033 (Nightingale-Brown House)
ProvidenceOne of the most accomplished great Georgian houses in the country; later contributions by Richard Upjohn and grounds by Frederick Law Olmsted
32Ocean Drive Historic DistrictMisty winter morning at Goose Neck Cove, Newport, RI.jpgMay 11, 1976Newport
41°27′18″N 71°19′57″W / 41.455°N 71.3325°W / 41.455; -71.3325 (Ocean Drive Historic District)
NewportLong road along southern shore of Newport dotted with later, smaller summer homes and seaside views.
33Old Slater MillSlaterMill.JPGNovember 13, 1966Pawtucket
41°52′32″N 71°22′57″W / 41.8755°N 71.3824°W / 41.8755; -71.3824 (Old Slater Mill)
ProvidenceThe first commercially viable textile mill in the United States.
34Old State HouseOld Rhode Island State House edit1.jpgOctober 9, 1960Newport
41°29′27″N 71°18′48″W / 41.4908°N 71.3133°W / 41.4908; -71.3133 (Old State House)
NewportA well-preserved Georgian public building from colonial era, it served as the meeting place of colonial, and later state, legislatures until the 20th century.
35Original U.S. Naval War CollegeUnited States Naval War College museum.jpgJanuary 29, 1964Newport
41°30′17″N 71°19′44″W / 41.5047°N 71.3288°W / 41.5047; -71.3288 (Original U.S. Naval War College)
NewportBuilt in the 1820s as Newport's poorhouse and later donated to the Navy, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan first gave the lectures here that later became The Influence of Sea Power upon History, an important work on naval warfare.
36Redwood LibraryRedwood Library.JPGOctober 9, 1960Newport
41°29′11″N 71°18′32″W / 41.4864°N 71.3089°W / 41.4864; -71.3089 (Redwood Library)
NewportFounded in 1747, this library is the oldest to still occupy its original facilities.
37Joseph Reynolds HouseJoseph Reynolds House, Bristol, RI.jpgJuly 28, 1983Bristol
41°41′00″N 71°16′44″W / 41.6834°N 71.2788°W / 41.6834; -71.2788 (Reynolds, Joseph, House)
BristolThe oldest known three-story timber frame house in New England, built in 1700, it was used as headquarters by Lafayette during the Rhode Island campaign in 1778.
38William Watts Sherman HouseWilliam Watts Sherman House (Newport, RI) - from southwest.jpgDecember 30, 1970Newport
41°28′12″N 71°18′24″W / 41.4701°N 71.3068°W / 41.4701; -71.3068 (Sherman, William Watts, House)
NewportThis house was built for banker William Watts Sherman by H. H. Richardson in 1875, and is recognized as a prototype of the Shingle style of architecture.
39Site of Battle of Rhode IslandBattle of Rhode Island.jpgMay 30, 1974Portsmouth
41°35′46″N 71°15′47″W / 41.596°N 71.263°W / 41.596; -71.263 (Site of Battle of Rhode Island)
NewportSite of the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, a successful defense of Aquidneck Island by British forces in the American Revolutionary War.
40Gilbert Stuart BirthplaceGilbert Stuart Birthplace.jpgDecember 21, 1965Saunderstown
41°31′30″N 71°26′44″W / 41.5249°N 71.4455°W / 41.5249; -71.4455 (Stuart, Gilbert, Birthplace)
WashingtonBirthplace of noted portraitist Gilbert Stuart.
41Trinity ChurchTrinity Church, Newport, RI.jpgNovember 24, 1968Newport
41°29′15″N 71°18′46″W / 41.4875°N 71.3129°W / 41.4875; -71.3129 (Trinity Church)
NewportOldest parish church in Rhode Island; its early 18th-century design is modeled on Boston's Old North Church.
42United Congregational ChurchUnited Congregational ChurchOctober 16, 2012Newport
41°29′09″N 71°18′45″W / 41.485836°N 71.312622°W / 41.485836; -71.312622 (United Congregational Church)
Newport
43University Hall, Brown UniversityBrown University - University Hall Front ViewJune 13, 1962Providence
41°49′27″N 71°24′16″W / 41.8241°N 71.4045°W / 41.8241; -71.4045 (University Hall, Brown University)
ProvidenceThis first building on the Brown University campus, built in 1770.
44Vernon HouseVernonhome.jpgNovember 24, 1968Newport
41°29′20″N 71°18′48″W / 41.4890°N 71.3134°W / 41.4890; -71.3134 (Vernon House)
NewportSophisticated Georgian frame home used as headquarters by Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War.
45Wanton-Lyman-Hazard HouseWanton-Lyman-Hazard House, Newport, RI edit1.jpgOctober 9, 1960Newport
41°29′28″N 71°18′45″W / 41.4912°N 71.3125°W / 41.4912; -71.3125 (Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House)
NewportBuilt circa 1697, this is the oldest house in Newport, illustrating the transition from 17th to 18th-century architectural styles.
Table data other than descriptions is from the official National Park Service list of NHLs unless otherwise specified, and are ordered as presented in that document.[1] Descriptions are sourced from the Park Service's NHL database unless otherwise cited.[2] Column colorings, defined here, differentiate National Monuments, National Historic Sites, and National Historic Landmark Districts from standard NHL designations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (March 2012). "National Historic Landmarks Survey: List of National Historic Landmarks by State" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-27. .
  2. ^ National Park Service. "National Historic Landmark Program: NHL Database". Retrieved various. 

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