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A deftly manipulated Colonial Revival design beautifully wedded to its ample landscaped setting, the Calder-Silverman House is the product of two distinct building campaigns. Charles A. Calder, who worked in the family tooth-powder business, had this house built in 1896, around the time he married Alice D. Paige. Its overall form, with the high gambrel roof iconic of Providence’s first generation of Colonial Revival houses, is original, as is the glazed garden room that extends to the west into the garden.

When Annette & Norman Silverman bought the house in the early 1940s, they installed the dramatic bow windows on the east and west elevations as well as the alternating-pediment dormers above the façade. The house’s small scale and massing are deceptive, for the house has rooms both larger and more numerous than the exterior suggests.

– 2010 Festival of Historic Houses Guidebook

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