Abandoned and neglected for nearly 30 years, the Hygeia House was renovated by Lisa and Champlin Starr in 1998. Since then, its unique charm and island style have provided an unpretentious haven for thousands of visitors, families, artists and writers. Since 2004, the Hygeia has been home to the Block Island Poetry Project, founded by Lisa, the innkeeper and Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emeritus. The inn has hosted world renowned writers: Mary Oliver, Frank McCourt, Billy Collins, Marie Howe and Coleman Barks. Last year, Coldplay’s Chris Martin performed in the Hygeia living room.