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The design of this handsome building is attributed both to William T. Aldrich and Charles Klauder. The building, improbably as it seems to look at it from the street, was built in two sections, the southern first half. So perhaps both attributions are correct?  If so, this was the first in a stretch of commissions by members of the Metcalf family for both architects here, at Brown, and elsewhere. This stone- and decorative-metal-trimmed brick building is in the monumental Georgian mode adapted to ennoble industrial buildings in the early 1900s (Narragansett Electric Lighting Co). Aldrich’s assured design highlights a delightfully play of texture created by the scale and materials of varying building elements. Built as the Textile Building, it now houses studios for making ceramics, jewelry, glass, and furniture.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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