This substantial, high-shouldered Colonial Revival house was a suitable domestic setting for the family of one of Rhode Island’s leading textile manufacturers. Webster Knight (1854-1933) was the son of Robert Knight, founder of B.B. & R. Knight, manufacturers of “Fruit of the Loom.” Knight assumed major responsibilities in the firm about the time this house was built. His choice of Angell & Swift as architects ensured the combination of bold scale and delicate curving detail that distinguish this house. Knight and other family members were benefactors of the nearby Knight Memorial Library.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture