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The Earle Building (56 Washington Street), constructed to house the offices of freight handlers, was appropriately located a couple of blocks from the freight office at Union Station; its use of a mansard roof in the 1890s shows the long persistence of this form, introduced in this country during the 1850s. Slade’s Building (38 Washington Street) exemplifies the quandary of stylistic classification of many late nineteenth-century buildings, especially those, like this, constructed without benefit of an architect (although even that didn’t always ensure success). The undulating surface dominated by a fussy, undigested amalgam of Gothic and Romanesque detail is charmingly anachronistic for the early 1880s, but the relatively high ratio of glass to wall surface anticipates the commercial buildings of the twentieth century. Slade’s Building exerts a fine street presence, and its prominent corner tower stands up pluckily to the mass across the street of City Hall’s rear elevation, relatively unarticulated compared to the facade. Both buildings underwent considerable rehabilitation in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

    Yinping Wei says:

    今天忽然发现楼顶处标著着《SLADN BUILDING》一查有一定年头了,1850建造,座落在普罗维登斯华盛顿街38號的斯萊德大厦,溶进了哥德式和罗马式表面處理細節让人眼前一亮。

    Every day, I sit in an open-air cafe in the city center opposite the door, and look at a distinctive building across the road in a daze, to pass the lonely time of my granddaughter Haimo after living in the school. Today, I suddenly found that the roof of the building is marked with “SLADN BUILDING”. It is a certain year. It was built in 1850 and is located at 38 Washington Street in Providence. The Slade Building has melted into the Gothic and Romanesque surfaces. The handling of details is eye-catching. According to Cousin Biyun’s suggestion, in addition to studying the murals in the parking lot of Providence, I can also watch, take pictures, and check information, and use my unique perspective to study this artistic small city. It is, after all, where Haimo will live and study at RISD for four years. Let me tell you a little trick. Walking on the pedestrian road, the soles of your feet are large blocks of marble with wear marks. When you look up, you must have seen typical English-style buildings more than 100 years ago 🤔 I seem to like you: Providence 🌷

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