This is the city’s most captivating pair of houses (this house and the Hartshorn house to its left). Edward I. Nickerson, who designed Providence’s most exuberant Queen Anne houses, was certainly at the top of his game here, with complementary designs for families of two officers in the same pipe-producing company. The counterplay and balance of overall form, the solid-void relationships, surface material, and decorative detail are all superb, ceaseless in their ability to satisfy. These two drop-dead-gorgeous fraternal twins face the public across a common brownstone-pier iron fence, slightly removed and intimately linked visually. After more than thirty years here, Mrs Hartwell abandoned this neighborhood for the East Side (16 Freeman Parkway).
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture