This was a country villa when built, and its towered Italianate form was highly appropriate, if a tad retardataire, for its then-remote setting. Architect Alpheus Morse was building a handsome reputation for his Italian-palazzo-inspired houses, but this is the only known villa. He was Providence’s architect of choice at the time this house was built for the scion of a cotton-manufacturing family who had employed a similarly statured designer of an earlier generation, John Holden Greene, for the family home at College and Benefit Streets. That, like this house, was then at the edge of town.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture