Listing of the Week- 1725 Caleb Claggett House in Historic Newport

claggett1Every week on this blog, we highlight a historic property that captures our attention.  Each Listing of the Week is currently offered for sale and listed on our sponsor website, We hope that you will not only enjoy a look at a beautiful antique property, but you might even pick up some marketing ideas for selling your historic listing. Today, we feature a  restored 1725 brick-end gambrel roof colonial- the Caleb Claggett House in Historic Newport, Rhode Island.

claggett2Bart Dunbar, who renovated Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, and his wife, landscape designer Lisa Lewis, bought the house at 22 Bridge Street in Newport in 1995 and started on a large-scale restoration effort. The Bridge Street neighborhood is one of the oldest and most historic areas in Newport. The Newport Historical Society estimates the house was built around 1725, although the British burned many of the colonial records and some, including the owner, suspect that the house may date even earlier. The first mention of the property is in 1725, when colonial clockmaker William Claggett sold the Bridge Street lot to his father, baker Caleb Claggett, with the understanding that Caleb was to build a house, a bakehouse, and wharf within 25 years. The house was sold by a Claggett descendant to Caleb Tripp in 1818. The house stayed in the Tripp family until 1901, and is most often referred to by the Tripp name.

claggett3The house features much of the original historic detail, including wide pine flooring, beamed ceilings, and Delft-tiled fireplace surrounds. It is Bart & Lisa’s attention to original detail that makes the house a stand-out. Although many structural details needed renovation, the “new” work was done in the “old” style and remains hidden under floors and behind walls. They decided to upgrade the house while keeping the integrity of the original. When new third floor boards had to be installed a mill in Massachusetts was sought out to make wide pine floorboards like those of the first and second floors. A specialty carpenter fashioned a staircase to the third floor to match the original staircase. In the side entrance mudroom, the floor is lined with brick salvaged from an old chimney in Maine.

claggett4The renovations continued on to the outside as well. An oval brick terrace has been added in the back, with extra storage built into the fencing, and a playhouse shed. The terrace also has a Uforo in-ground hot tub with a copper-roofed enclosure. Lisa’s design for the property also includes fieldstone walls and a small antique greenhouse to allow for year-round use. The property backs up to Newport’s vintage baseball venue- Cardines Field (free entertainment while a game is on, a delightful green space vista at other times).

The house has 2520 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, two and a half baths, and six fireplaces. The kitchen has been enlarged and modernized, and fitted with a center island, pine countertops (to match the rest of the house), and modern appliances. The house has built-in storage almost everywhere you go (the restorers/owners are both sailors, and appreciate the idea of utilizing every bit of possible storage space). The house is offered for sale by Paul Martellino of Corbin & Corbin. Click here for more details and contact info.

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