Campbell Hall's Hawkins House recommended for historic registers

Nomination petition says the house is an excellent representation of the Greek Revival style

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  • The Jacob & Caroline Hawkins House, built ca. 1839

  • The entrance hall, showing main entrance door, struck plaster cornices, ceiling medallion, and other finishes

  • The rear parlor, with the view back towards hallway

— The New York State Board for Historic Preservation on Monday recommended adding the Jacob and Caroline Hawkins House in Campbell Hall to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Built around 1839, the Hawkins House is an architecturally significant example of Greek Revival-style domestic architecture. It was erected for the family of Jacob Mills Hawkins and his second wife, Caroline Decker Hawkins.

“It’s wonderful to see this architecturally significant home, which still has so many of its original features, being revitalized and under consideration for the State and National Registers of Historic Places,” says NYS Senator Jen Metzger, who represents Hamptonburgh where the home is located. “The Jacob and Caroline Hawkins House is an important part of New York’s cultural heritage and history.”

Remarkably intact since 1830sThe house is a highly intact and excellent representative example of the mature Greek Revival style, which was at the time of its construction approaching the height of its popularity, according to the nominating document. It was conceived along conventional lines, especially the main block’s form, which adhered to longstanding regional precedents.

Among the house’s many notable features is its intact side hall and double-parlor plan, which include deep-struck plaster cornices, pilastered door and window enframements, six-panel doors, and fireplaces with austere gray marble mantelpieces. Second-story finishes are simpler but also expressive of the Greek Revival style.

The house also retains many features of an original basement kitchen, stone smokehouse, and stone-lined well. It remains remarkably pure to the original late 1830s construction because it had no major updates and remained in the possession of the family until was sold in the mid-1930s to the Rowe family.

The 1850 federal census, about a decade after the house was constructed, shows a large and prosperous rural household. Jacob Hawkins was among the largest sheep owners in the area, with a flock of 50 head that produced 120 pounds of wool. Arable land was dedicated to the cultivation of wheat, rye, Indian corn, oats, potatoes and hay.

Jacob and Caroline had seven children. Jacob died in 1869, the result of an accident while traveling between the family farm and Newburgh.

About the registersThe State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects, and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are more than 120,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A State and National Registers listing can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings and make them eligible for various public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

More information and photos of the Jacob and Caroline Hawkins House may be seen at

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