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Hall, a prolific late nineteenth-century architect, was thirty years old and just beginning his career in Providence when he built this house, where he remained for almost twenty years. This Italianate cube is a double house, suggesting that the additional income Hall received from renting the unit on the north side (notice that he occupied the sunnier south side) helped to finance a substantial house for a young professional. The prominently sited house, at the very gateway to the area of the South Side that would see extraordinary development (and provide employment for Hall) during the following sixty years, is very much mainstream for the mid-1850s. This must be, therefore, a carefully calculated calling card to announce the stylish, but not radical, sensibilities of a new architect in town.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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