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Homer Russell House

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1982–1984, Homer Russell. East side of Spring St. (extension of Mohegan Trail), 500 feet northeast of entrance to South East Light

As seen in the Barlow and Perkins houses ( BI14 and BI15), views of the ocean have long been highly desirable island attractions. Here, on a landlocked site, an emphatically vertical house represents a late-twentieth-century, post–oceanfront development response to capitalizing on fine views across the hills and to the ocean. The vertical-format country house achieved popularity in the 1980s and saw extensive coverage in professional architectural journals. Russell's design for his own house is nicely done, retaining the simple forms and shingle cladding commonly associated with island domestic architecture.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Homer Russell House", [Block Island, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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