Kenyon's Department Store

Kenyon's Department Store is an historic department store building in the village of Wakefield in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Kenyon's Department Store
Kenyon's Department Store in 2012
Kenyon's Department Store is located in Rhode Island
Kenyon's Department Store
Kenyon's Department Store is located in the United States
Kenyon's Department Store
Location344 Main Street,
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°26′17″N 71°29′59″W / 41.43806°N 71.49972°W / 41.43806; -71.49972
ArchitectCharles Chase, Harry A. Lewis
Architectural styleChicago, Queen Anne
NRHP reference No.92001540 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 5, 1992

The historic Chicago style/Queen Anne style store was built in 1891 by Charles Chase and Harry Lewis. Kenyon's Department Store was located in "Wakefield, a village that began when William Kenyon bought 100 acres (40 ha) and donated the dirt streets."[2] The original department store business was founded in 1856.[3] The 1891 store building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1] Kenyon's Department Store closed in 1996 when the last descendant retired, and the owner donated the building to South County Hospital to maintain as a medical supply store.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Janet Kerlin, "Classic Main Street Department Store Closes, Leaving Nostalgia Behind," The Seattle Times, (Sunday, November 3, 1996)[1](accessed November 22, 2008)
  3. ^ South Kingstown, RI Visitor Information Archived 2009-08-09 at the Wayback Machine(accessed July 8, 09)