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John W. Munro House

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c. 1810, c. 1866. 275 Hope St.

When built, the Babbitt-Smith House was at the edge of the developed town. Not until the middle of the century did continuous development push beyond it, and to the south there is now a small district of Victorian houses. Among the finest are number 281, a Gothic Revival cottage (c. 1855) that has retained much of its quirky trim; number 244, a Queen Anne cottage (c. 1885) with lovely decorative trim; and the John W. Munro House.

Among the customers of Munro's hardware and wallpaper business was Samuel Colt, who in 1866 gave him the old wood barn that stood behind Linden Place. Munro promptly moved it, added a story and a rear ell, and remodeled it into the present house, which followed in the town's tradition of intricate, eccentric woodwork. Oddest of all is the entrance hood, which is carried on elaborate contrivances of brackets, colonnettes, corbels, and chamfered posts.

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William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "John W. Munro House", [Bristol, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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