Built by John Corlis circa 1810, The Carrington House is recognized as one of the last privately owned Colonial era estates on historic College Hill. Edward Carrington, a local merchant and the American consul to China, purchased the home in 1812, adding on a third floor and a two story porch which majestically overlooks Williams Street and beyond. This brick Adamesque-Federal style home has been exquisitely restored, carefully preserving the original architectural details, yet sensitively adding modern conveniences to meet today’s discerning lifestyle.
As you step into the gracious entry foyer, the interior of this home unfolds to showcase its original period details and unparalleled expert craftsmanship. Precision woodwork adorns the doorways and windows of every room, while impeccably detailed cast iron Corinthian columns stand as sentries at the main entrance.
Designed by John Holden Greene, the impressive parlor showcases impeccably restored Chinese-style wallpaper believed to date back to 1825. The elegant formal dining room is ornamented with early 19th century French wallpaper displaying a visual telling of “The Adventure of Telemachus on the Island of Calypso.” The beautifully scaled library provides quiet space for conversation or to relax while reading a good book. The two-story office, with a storied past, allows one to work from the privacy of your own home.
Equipped with top of the line appliances, stone counters, and a large center island, the gourmet chef’s kitchen has been wonderfully updated and includes a charming eat-in breakfast area with one of the home’s many original wood-burning fireplaces. The butler’s pantry with full wet bar makes entertaining a breeze, while the banquet hall and catering kitchen above the carriage house are perfect for larger occasions.
The upper levels can be accessed by one of several spiral staircases or via the convenient home elevator. Highlighting the second floor are a pair of large master suites, each offering their own walk-in closet, full ensuite bath, and access to an adjoining sitting room. Completing this level are a fitness center and sauna, while the third floor provides four additional bedrooms and two more full baths.
Outside, a classic cobbled courtyard unifies the property’s former stables and outbuildings. The meticulously manicured grounds feature enchanting city gardens, water fountains, stone patios, and a vine-wrapped pergola, making it the ideal setting for outdoor entertaining.
Set on the historic East Side of Providence, an array of amenities and conveniences are awaiting just outside your doorstep. Visit all the locally owned shops and restaurants along Thayer and Hope Streets, or take-in a movie at the classic Avon Cinema. Just a short walk from several city parks, the home is also less than half a mile from both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Take advantage of all the shopping, nightlife, and entertainment of the Creative Capital, while convenient access to the interstate and train station allow for easy travel throughout the northeast corridor.