We are honored that our beautiful 1720’s cape home at 1419 South Broadway was chosen at The Providence Journal’s House of the Week!
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March 28. 2015 1:15AM
House of the Week: Period details remain in 18th-century Jacobs House in East Providence
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Although they knew it needed work, Kevin Purdy said that he and his wife, Isabel, did not hesitate when they first saw their c. 1720 house overlooking Watchemoket Cove on South Broadway.
“Houses like this are rare, and I just think they are worth preserving,” he said. Purdy and his wife were taken with the warm and comforting character of the historic Jacobs House, a Cape-style home. Before they bought the house, in 2006, he was living in downtown Providence and she was living on Providence’s East Side.
Nearly 10 years later, the house has a new kitchen and bathrooms, and three finished levels, but many period details remain intact, including six fireplaces. The house has four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms, 2,700 square feet of living space, and a two-car garage.
The front door opens to a spacious foyer with built-in bookshelves and cabinets on one wall, and a fireplace. A hall with more built-in storage leads to the kitchen, at the back of the house, and the living room is to the left. A study, which has also been used as another bedroom, is to the right.
While renovating the kitchen, the Purdys expanded the space by taking down a wall that separated the kitchen from the formal dining room. The new countertops are honed black granite, which Purdy said they selected because it looks like soapstone. The white-painted cabinets were glazed to give them a period look, he said. There are stainless steel appliances, and a new wide-pine floor was installed.
The back of the house also has a long, narrow sun porch with plenty of space to sit and look out at the water and beyond to the grounds of the Metacomet Country Club. There are also two skylights in this porch.
According to the East Providence Historical Society, the design of the fireplace in the main portion of the house, the dining area of the kitchen, shows it was built before 1750, because the beehive oven was placed behind the main hearth. Realtor C.C. Wall said that after 1750, many hearths had the beehive oven placed to the front side of the fireplace so women would not have to risk scorching their clothes to reach far inside the fireplace to cook food.
There is another huge hearth, probably used as the summer kitchen, in the finished portion of the lower level. This fireplace was set up for a wood stove, though it no longer has one, Purdy said. There is also a half bathroom in this basement level, and two glass doors provide walk-out access to a brick patio and side porch in the backyard.
There is another fireplace in the first floor master bedroom, a post-1750 beehive oven. The master bedroom has a connected full bathroom and a closet that connects to the study. Two more bedrooms, another full bathroom, a cedar closet, and storage space are on the second floor.
The Purdys are selling because they have purchased and renovated another house in Providence.
The house at 1419 South Broadway, East Providence, is priced at $309,900.