Architect Edward I. Nickerson built his reputation in the late nineteenth century on highly elaborate and vertical Queen Anne houses. He seems here to be struggling with the simplification of form increasingly stylish in the 1890s. This is an odd house for Providence, compelling in its compositional dynamics. Nickerson had an extensive architectural library, which included all contemporary publications, so he must have been aware of the work of the budding Frank Lloyd Wright, which this vaguely and distantly evokes. Mrs Potter’s family lived next door, and this house was the young Potter couple’s wedding present from them.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture