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Another cube, this time in clapboard and with a monumental center chimney. No other house in Providence so thoroughly reflects multiple uses in the eighteenth century. Carter published the Providence Gazette, operated the local post office, sold books and stationery, and lived here with his wife and twelve children. The printing presses were in the basement (almost at ground level in the rear), a post office and shop were on the first floor, and the living quarters occupied the two top floors. The separate entrance for family members, at the second story level on the east side of the building, is an original feature, though now reached by modern stairs. The handsome Colonial Revival gardens at rear were first installed in the late 1930s, when this deteriorating building was acquired by the Shakespeare’s Head Association, whose formation to save this building was a signal event in local preservation activities.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

UPDATE: As of January, 2019, the building is completed leased out. It is owned by the Providence Preservation Society.

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