What’s in a Name? Portsmouth Wants Your Opinion on Naming a Historic Building

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The town of Portsmouth seeks public input on the name for a historic building.

The Portsmouth town-owned, circa 1925 dwelling on the corner of Linden Lane and Glen Farm Road (leading to the Glen Farm Stables on the east end of the Gardner Seveney Sports Complex) has been unofficially referred to as the “Phelps House” due to its association with Mason Phelps (of the Taylor family) who owned the property before it was acquired by the town.

The town desires public inputs on the “official” name of the property.

The Portsmouth Historical Society has gathered information on the property. That information is available on the Historical Society web site ( ).

In addition to the historical context of the name, the marketing perspective may also be an important consideration since the town is considering using the property as a revenue-generating enterprise (such as a bed and breakfast).

Several names have been suggested:

– The “Arthur Daniel Howell House” or “Superintendent’s House” in honor of the Glen Farm Estate Farm Superintendent who lived in the dwelling for over 40 years.

– The “Glen Farm House” which refers to the larger town-owned Glen Farm property

– The “Mason Phelps House” which refers to the owner of the property (although he never actually lived there).

– The “Red Cross House” which refers to the limited association of the house with the Red Cross hospital that was in the horse barns during WWII

The public can also suggest other names and provide comments on the survey form.

The link to the survey is .  Hard copies of the survey can be obtained at the Town Clerk at the Portsmouth Town Hall.

For more information contact Rich Talipsky, the Town Director of Business Development, at or (401-643-0382).

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