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9:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker

The Christopher Townsend House, c. 1725, which was purchased by the Newport Restoration Foundation.
Credit Newport Restoration Foundation

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.

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