Long recognized as one of College Hill’s most prominent homes, the John Helme Clark House is a stunning Greek Revival originally built in 1848 and then moved in 1947 from 187 Bowen Street to its current location on a spectacular 16,000 square foot lot.
Over the years, this house has been thoughtfully renovated and several times enlarged to seamlessly blend its original 19th Century details with all of today’s modern conveniences.
Stepping through the main entrance, the home’s elegant foyer leads into a lovely living room with a brick fireplace, and then to an adjoining formal dining room showcasing a classic built-in china hutch and another handsome fireplace.
The custom designed eat-in kitchen features extensive glass front cabinetry, a large center island with a cooktop, a bar area with its own sink and beverage refrigerator, two dishwashers, a desk area, and includes a fabulous breakfast room offering French door access to a bluestone terrace and brick patio, great for outdoor dining or lounging in complete privacy overlooking the magnificent landscaped grounds.
The kitchen also opens to a sunny family room with a fireplace, a wall of beautiful built-in book shelves, and access to a convenient powder room.
The back hall off the kitchen leads to a large separate pantry and beyond that to an impressive mudroom which conveniently connects the house to the two-car garage and a large storage room.
Continuing up the handcrafted front staircase, the 2nd floor master suite is a generous space with a full en suite luxury bath including a stall shower, a tub, and two separate vanities, and a private dressing or sitting room with a fireplace and built-in armoires. The 2nd floor also includes two additional bedrooms and two more full baths, plus a laundry room, a large home office with a half bath, and an expansive artist studio or family room featuring high cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and skylights.
The 3rd floor provides two more spacious bedrooms with exceptional light and ceiling height, great city views, another full bath, and great storage. The lower level has a beautiful legal rental apartment with its own separate entrance and private patio – an excellent option for extra guest space or some excellent rental income.
Set in the heart of College Hill, this property is ideally located just steps from Prospect Terrace Park, as well as all the shops and dining opportunities along nearby Thayer Street. Less than half a mile from both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, this historic home is also within walking distance of all the attractions of the Creative Capital, including theatres, live music venues, renowned restaurants, and Waterplace Park – home to the award-winning WaterFire.
In addition, commuters will appreciate the easy walkable access to the train station, providing convenient service to both Boston and New York.