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Set within a block of numerous Queen Anne houses – many of them two-family dwellings – the Samuel Tabor House offers a glimpse at the prevalent development of Elmwood as a middle-class neighborhood. While many large estates were constructed along Elmwood Avenue and Broad Street, the lots between the two thoroughfares were filled with well-built modest housing. This particular house features fine craftsmanship typical of Queen Annes: an intricately carved bargeboard at the gable, carved corner brackets, and a turned-post side porch.

Samuel Tabor was a bank teller who resided here well into the 1930s. Elmwood became an attractive neighborhood in the late nineteenth century for workers who wanted to settle down and build their own houses close to the city’s central business district, accessible via a quick trolley ride.

The house was vacant for many years until the Providence Revolving Fund acquired it. Now fully renovated, it still retains many original features, including architectural salvage from the surrounding area. The current owners purchased the house in late 2016.

— Festival of Historic Houses Guidebook, 2017

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