Built on what had been part of the large parcel of land associated with the Willson House next door, which remained in family ownership until the 1980s, this house is large, programmatically complex, and built on a difficult site. These conditions taken together present quite a challenge architecturally. Further, it had to conform to standards established by the local historic district commission and its historic-preservation emphasis on contextuality. This house, designed by William Kite, almost-too-cautiously equivocates between the architectural presence that such an ambitious house should have and the context of workaday, moderate-scale wood-frame houses built here in the mid- to late nineteenth century.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture