- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - The Newport Restoration Foundation has bought the 18th century home of noted furniture maker Christopher Townsend.

The foundation’s executive director, Pieter Roos, told The Newport Daily News (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the home built by Townsend around 1725 on Bridge Street is a very important part of Newport’s history.

The foundation recently bought the house for an undisclosed price from owner Robert Ives Goddard III of Providence. The property had been on the market for $725,000.

The property was part of the estate of Hope Goddard, who died last year. Roos said Hope and Robert Goddard are not descendants of the Goddard family who also made renowned furniture in Newport in the 18th century.

Townsend was known for making desks, bookcases and other furniture for Newport’s leading citizens of the time.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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