This is Providence’s iconic Colonial Revival house. Designed by Stone, Carpenter & Willson, with Willson the partner in charge, it adapts and reinterprets the eccentric curved gable of the Joseph Brown House on South Main Street. The same copy of the book that inspired Brown’s 1774 design, William Salmon’s Palladio Londinensis, was by the 1880s in the possession of the architects of this house. Willson’s training at the École des Beaux-Arts encouraged references to and the adaption of local architectural sources, and this house affirms that training and tradition. The curved-gable form seen here on the roof, the sun room on the south side, and the front porch, became a leitmotif in early twentieth-century Providence houses, especially for front porches.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture
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