The Stephen Harris House is located on Benefit Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Constructed in 1763 by Providence merchant Stephen Harris on what was a French Huguenot burial ground. As soon as construction was finished Harris fell on hard financial times after losing several of his trading vessels at sea. The family also saw the death of several children and the madness of Harris' wife. She was supposedly confined to the upper floor where she would go on mad rants, yelling in French. By the time H.P. Lovecraft wrote about the house it had fallen into a state of decay, as had much of the neighborhood. He used the home as the setting of his 1924 short story The Shunned House.