This unruly building is uncharacteristic of most of the work of Stone, Carpenter and Willson, and its flamboyance is perhaps matched only by another commission for the same client, Jerothmul B. Barnaby. Built for investment income as a wedding present for his daughter and son in law (a union that was, alas, short lived), the Conrad Building is unlike any other building in Downtown Providence (although it shares a diffusion and of composition with an exact contemporary, E.I. Nickerson’s George Wheaton Carr House). The same architectural firm’s slightly later Exchange Bank Building is also highly articulated but its handling of the wall articulation is much more cohesive.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture