Save This Old House: A Cowesett Manor With Incredible Historic Details

The home was moved from Main Street in East Greenwich to its current location at the turn of the century.

If a place of this size can survive a move across town, it can live through anything.

This gorgeous Colonial manor, built in 1808 on East Greenwich’s Main Street, was moved across Division Street to Spencer Avenue in Warwick’s Cowesett neighborhood around 1900. Since then, the home hosted a parade of families, the last living there for more than thirty years. The property was purchased for $380,000 in 2017 by a limited liability corporation, which then tried to turn it around for $539,900 a month later. The asking price has steadily declined since then, and the exterior and landscaping received a few updates. The interior, however, is in need of some serious elbow grease.

It’s clear its owners preserved some special historical details over the decades, including a massive kitchen stove from 1881. Built-in bookshelves and seven (!) working fireplaces add charm while four floors of living space are a boon for a large family. But it’ll take a lot of time and effort — think: new kitchen and baths, cosmetic updates and structural work — to bring this beauty back to life.

If you can’t imagine taking on a fixer-upper, fear not: The seller is willing to work with a buyer to restore the home. Won’t somebody save this old house?

For more information on 244 Spencer Avenue, call Allen B. Gammons Jr. of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gammons Realty at 401-886-6100 or visit

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