If one house in Providence best represents the small-scale vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival, this is it. The Greek temple form is here reduced to turning a simple gable-roof house end to the street, emphasizing the triangularity of the wall top as a simulacrum of a pediment, and framing the entrance and corners with wide wooden strips echoes of columns. Only the high basement adds a touch of typically Greek Revival monumentality. But its unflinching straightforwardness is undeniably appealing. Perhaps its guilelessness is just the quality needed for it to hold its own on a corner dominated by far more ambitious neighbors. Marie Mason was a widow when she built this house; she lived here until her death in the 1860s and left the house to her daughters, who lived here for several decades.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture