This is typical of the many fuzzy amalgams of cubic-box-formula, Italianate-detailed houses dressed up with then-modern mansard roof. This is a house built for show, obviously without the often-extravagant financial wherewithal available to other Broadway denizens. Nevertheless, it’s trying to impress as much as possible. Mrs Remington owned the property, in an age when female property ownership was rare, but it protected her cotton-broker husband from creditors’ claims on his house during that era’s many financial reversals. The difficult business climate following the Panic of 1873, however, which hit Rhode Island early and hard, probably forced the family’s sale of the house in 1878.
— 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture