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Historic New England protects Stanton-Tucker house

Stanton-Tucker house
Jig saw style staircase

South Kingstown, Rhode Island – January 2015 - The Stanton-Tucker House is the ninety-fifth property protected in Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program.

The earliest portion of the house was built between 1720 and 1740 as a two-story, end-chimney house, with a one-story kitchen addition. Enlarged in the mid-nineteenth century, the Stanton-Tucker house survives in such a well-preserved state that many early Georgian and later Federal and Colonial Revival interior features remain intact, including an original and well-preserved staircase in a jig saw style unique to early Rhode Island houses.

Occupied over several generations by the Stanton, Tucker, Browning, Hazard, and Carpenter families – all well-known local families – the property was acquired by Thomas Brent, long-time producer at the nearby summer stock theater Theatre-by-the Sea, in 1971. Upon Brent’s death in 2011, the property was bequeathed to the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society which recently sold it subject to a perpetual preservation restriction agreement. Historic New England will work with the new owners as they preserve the property’s historic elements and complete renovation work to update this single-family home for modern living.

About Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program
The Stewardship Easement Program administers easements held by Historic New England, which protect privately owned historic properties across New England. By donating an easement, an owner entrusts Historic New England with the responsibility of working with present and future owners to protect important historic elements from alteration or neglect. Historic New England is committed to protecting all domestic building types representing New England from the seventeenth century to the present. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.

Historic New England protects Stanton-Tucker house