The Christopher Townsend House

The Christopher Townsend House
74 Bridge Street Newport, Rhode Island 02840 United States

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37 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 United States
37 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 United States
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Price / Sq. Ft.:
Full Baths
Partial Bath
2,594 Sq Ft.
.13 Acres
Single Family Homes
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About 74 Bridge Street

A unique treasure in the historic Point neighborhood. It has a fascinating history connecting it to the renowned Townsend family of Newport cabinetmakers; a spectacular location one block from Newport harbor; a one-story, 240-sf addition offering a number of options; and a pleasant, sizeable corner lot. The addition was added in the mid-nineteenth century and the kitchen addition in the 1980s. Noteworthy original features include the wood-paneled fireplace surround in the parlor and the turned balusters of the front staircase. The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) purchased the property in 2014 and since has conducted in-depth studies of the house’s architecture and history and installed a new roof and gas boiler. For most of the eighteenth century the house was occupied by Christopher Townsend, his wife, and their six children, one of whom was John Townsend, the celebrated Newport cabinetmaker. The house has also been the residence of a Revolutionary War naval officer, a clockmaker, and a shoemaker. Throughoutits long history the house has been carefully maintained and respected as a house worthy of preservation. It was rescued from demolition in 1960 by a preservation-minded family who owned it for the next fifty-four years at which point it was purchased by NRF. Although the house needs updating and is being sold “as is,” this is a rare and exciting opportunity to own a piece of Newport history and continue the stewardship as others with a keen interest in preserving the house for future generations.


  • Library
  • Patio
  • Security System
  • Storage
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Courtyard
  • 4+ Fireplaces
  • Beam -Ceilings
  • Fireplace In Master Br
  • Area Boat Ramp


No A/C
No Garage
Area Description
Corner Lot, Ocean, Sidewalk, Water View, Bay View, Harbor, Conservation Easements, City / Town Street, Wood Siding, Flood Area, Deep Water Mooring
Additional Listing Type
In Contract