The Italian Renaissance urban palace is here reduced to its most basic form, and this house, designed by Thomas Tefft, anticipates in many ways the elegant abstractions of Louis Kahn a century later. The simplest of cubes, with detail minimalized, this house suggests a mid-nineteenth-century direction in American architecture quite different from what we know. Had Tefft not died at such a young age, his influence on American architecture would certainly have been profound, as this house attests. This is the first of several houses built for family members around the intersection of Hope, Waterman, and Angell Streets.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture