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Royal D. Horton House

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c. 1872. 1 Winsor Dr. (at County Rd.)

Although this sizable clapboard mansardroofed dwelling makes its greatest impact when viewed from the northbound lanes of County Road, it is more safely examined from Winsor Drive. It is the very picture of the imposing Second Empire mansion of a smalltown grandee. The incised foliate ornament over most openings comes to a climax in the decorated vergeboards of the sunbonnet gable which culminates the front elevation, penetrating a steep mansard with undulantly capped dormers. The original porch, extended across the full width of the front and around the south side, was more in scale with the elevation than the present minimal replacement. As to whether an architect or builder designed the house, the somewhat unassimilated character of the ornament and the bracketing at the cornice suggests that it was a skilled builder, looking at something like Samuel Sloan's popular pattern books, who designed this standout amid the stolidness of Barrington's old center.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Royal D. Horton House", [Barrington, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-BA2.

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