Sights: Spite House

The narrowest house in America at 7ft wide. A picturesque house in Old Town built in 1830 out of spite.

John Hollensbury, the owner of one of the adjacent houses, built it in 1830 to keep horse-drawn wagons and loiterers out of his alley.

The house, 7 feet wide, about 25 feet deep and a whopping 325 square feet in two stories, is a tiny landmark on Queen Street in the Old Town. 

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