This simple Queen Anne house, a highly orchestrated juxtaposed of massing and detail typical of Edward I. Nickerson, has an unknown yet national reputation, thanks to Broadway set designer Eugene Lee, a nearby resident. Lee used this house as the central image for the turn-of-the-century family who reside in Westchester County, New York, and play a central role in the Broadway play “Ragtime.” Thanks to the touring company, hundreds of thousands of people have seen the image of this house, without knowing its source. But how appropriate, for it perfectly conjures up the image of turn-of-the-century White Anglo-Saxon Protestant affluence. Arnold was the treasurer of the Rumford Chemical Works, Rhode Island’s pre-eminent nineteenth- and twentieth-century manufacturer of leavening products.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture