House Lust: An English Country Estate in the Middle of Rhode Island

Fieldstone, stained glass and round-top doors add to the romance.

This Tudor-style home in the Freeman Plat district of Providence looks as if it’s always been here: a romantic fieldstone estate as natural as the knoll into which it is tucked.

But, built in 1981, 55 Hazard Avenue is the new kid on the block. Just next door is the circa-1866 stone carriage house that one of the neighborhood’s founders, Hovey Thomas Freeman, transformed into his personal dwelling in 1929. Hovey’s father, John, was the plat’s main developer while Hovey handled deeds and oversaw the design of individual properties, according to a National Register of Historic Places registration form. Their close attention — motivated by personal preference, not just profit — resulted in a carefully curated neighborhood and one of the most desirable in Providence. (Even the governor thinks so; she’s lived here for years.)

Neo-Georgian and Tudor/Old English are the most common architectural styles in Freeman Plat, and 55 Hazard followed suit with its stone veneer and projecting front wings. Interior details, including round-top doors and a fieldstone shower you have to see to believe, only amplify the charm.

The home has remained in the same family — its late matriarch, as you might guess, was a noted arts patron and collector — for the last four decades. Now, 55 Hazard Avenue is on the market for its next thoughtful stewards.

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For more information on 55 Hazard Avenue in Providence, contact Residential Properties’ Greene/Sweeney team at 401-553-6315 or visit


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