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063-0013 Hampstead

Hampstead
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VLR Listing Date 10/06/1970

NRHP Listing Date 12/18/1970

NPS property number 70000812

The full drama of the Federal style is played in this strongly architectural mansion, one of the state’s most ambitious and successful works of the period. All features of the house—the delicate classical detailing, the monumental proportions, and the beautiful masonry and joinery—exude superior quality. Dominating the interior is a flying circular stair winding from basement to attic and separated from the hall by a screen of columns. Hampstead’s designer has not been identified, but the house has many parallels to works by John Holden Greene of Providence, R.I. As in several of Greene’s buildings, much of Hampstead’s detailing follows illustrations in Asher Benjamin’s American Builder’s Companion (1806). Hampstead was built ca. 1825 for the planter Conrade Webb. Webb attended Brown University and could well have sought assistance from Providence’s leading architect to carry out such a singular undertaking.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018