Morice-Babbitt House, 328 Hope Street, Bristol, Bristol County, RI
Significance: The five-bay, wood-frame dwelling was built for merchants Jacob Babbitt and Barnard Smith by about 1800; it is unclear whether they intended to use the building as a double house. Nonetheless, it exhibits Federal-period architectural planning and detail with dentil moldings and an Ionic frontispiece. In 1810 Captain Daniel Morice purchased the property and augmented the roof (jerkinheads, hips, gables). By the time the Buildings of Rhode Island went to press (2004), the clapboards had been replaced with aluminum siding. (Buildings of Rhode Island, p. 474).
Survey number: HABS RI-264
Building/structure dates: ca. 1800 Initial Construction