Following a formula for weather stations repeated at least once elsewhere (in Narragansett, demolished) this building introduced to Block Island a bit of turn-of-the-century classicizing federal monumentality, albeit in almost miniature size. This was built just as the Weather Bureau sought to enhance its institutional status, and the foursquare, symmetrical, classically detailed building, prominently sited on a hill near the center of the island and overlooking several ponds, clearly established an island presence. Technological changes in reporting meteorology made this building obsolete by 1950, and it has served since as a summer residence.
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U.S. Weather Bureau Station
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