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Seth Paull House

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1879–1881. 900 Hope St.
  • Seth Paull House (John M. Miller)

Seth Paull was a local lumber merchant, and his exuberant house is typical of those built by ambitious building tradesmen. The complicated full-width front porch and the sweeping sunbonnet gable, juxtaposed with the steep candlesnuffer corner tower, are self-conscious embellishments to an otherwise contained cubical mass and traditional center-hall plan. They also exult in the material and products that made Paull's fortune. Prominently sited on the town's main street, this is a house that says not only “Look at me!” but also “Buy my wares!”

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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

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