The Newport Restoration Foundation has added a new jewel to its crown of original colonial housing. And this isn’t just any home. Its owner was a man who made American furniture-making history.
The Newport Restoration Foundation has purchased the home of Christopher Townsend, founder of the famous cabinet making company whose colonial-era furniture sells today for millions of dollars. Foundation director Pieter Roos said they picked up the 1725 red house with white trim for $645,000. The company’s original cabinet making shop is a single story wing at the right of the house.