Stone, Carpenter & Willson’s tightly massed Queen Anne house is a masterpiece of subtle ornamentation. Its decorative use of materials is masterful. The uncoursed Seekonk stone and brownstone trim on the first story, the green and red slate shingles above, and the pressed-brick chimneys are strong materials that reinforce the power of the building’s composition, which the sprinkling of delicate wooden trim nicely counterpoints. For those interested in viewing in close proximity one firm’s mutation of the Queen Anne style into the Colonial Revival, compare this with 70 Stimson Avenue from the year before, 19 Stimson from two years after, and 16 Stimson from five years later. Klapp, who owned an oil company, died only a year after this house was completed.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture