Historic Walking Tours of Narragansett Pier


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Left: Narragansett Pier, R.I., Illustrated, 1891 (SCM) Right: SCM photo-jrt 2010

Hopewell Cottage

51 Ocean Road

Architectural Description

Two-story, gableroofed frame dwelling with a veranda and a broad front gambrel containing a
central Palladian window set under ashingled hood which swells out from the wall surface.


Additions to Hopewell may have been designed by William Gibbons Preston of Boston. Howard
Lapsley, father-in-law of the original owner, hadPreston design a house for him off Ocean Road
further south, and papers contain references which seem to indicate that Lapsley may havehired
him to renovate Hopewell in the early 189Os. (1991 Historical Survey)

Original Owner/Resident

Dr. Charles Hitchcock of New York

Year Built



Dr. Hitchcock was a prominent summer resident who played an instrumental role in founding the
Narragansett Pier ImprovementAssociation and the Narragansett Casino Association. Hitchcock
was Charles F. McKim’s personal physician and may have helpedto obtain for him the commission
to design the Narragansett Casino.

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