Two houses very much reflecting the design sensibilities of Gould, Angell & Swift and boldly proclaiming the influence that the firm had in residential design in the mid-1890s. The format of a two-level gambrel roof set with its end to the street atop the principal story, and with a lacy front porch, was the firm’s trademark house. But, like the monitor-on-hip-roof form of John Holden Greene eighty years earlier, it assumed a life its own in the hands of many competent Providence builders who provided almost infinite variations for a demanding public. Number 232 (on the right), designed by H.K. Hilton, who worked for Gould’s firm, was built for a dentist who lived here for the rest of his life; after serious mid-twentieth-century abuse, it is now one of Elmwood’s most thoughtfully preserved houses. Number 224 (on the left), by the Gould firm, shows all of the frilly detail that usually embellish their work.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture