Historic Structures

Tillinghast Tompkins House, Newport Rhode Island

Date added: September 13, 2010 Categories: Rhode Island House

This large frame house was built for Tillinghast Tompkins about 1854-1855. It is a well-preserved example of the formal Italianate house of the mid 19th century with a central hall plan and richly bracketed eaves and porch.

Frederick Tompkins, son of Tillinghast, was prominent in Newport and Rhode Island banking. He was a noted expert in the bond and stock certificate markets.

Over-all dimensions: 42 feet by 42 feet; square; three bays; 2-1/2 stories.

Floor plan: Facing north, the central hall four-room plan has parlors to the left and right of the entrance and a kitchen at the southeast corner. At present (1969), the northwest and southwest rooms are used for doctor's offices. This plan is repeated on the second floor. In the attic each center gable contains a room.