Clemence--Irons House

38 George Waterman Rd., Johnston, Rhode Island


Thomas Clemence House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey, G. Palmer, Photographer, 1937 SOUTHWEST ELEVATION.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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An Historic New England property. This house, now restored and open as a museum, is probably the most authentic surviving example of a seventeenth-century, stone-ender Rhode Island House.The house was restored in 1941. The placement of the battened door and small windows glazed with leaded glass is conjectural. The most distinctive feature of the building, its stone end chimney and partial stone end wall could predate King Philip's War but it is also possible that the entire building dates to as late as 1691. (For more information, see Buildings of Rhode Island, p. 171) -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS RI-6)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1973
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Rhode Island Stone-ender
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1680

Update Log 

  • December 14, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett