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Henry Stafford Nichols House

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c. 1860. 1450 Tarkiln Rd.

This one-and-one-half-story house indicates how a typical Greek Revival formula could be modulated toward Victorian preferences for showier ornamentation and more plastic handling of space and mass. The typically plain Greek Revival entablature acquires bracketed ornament. The severity of a heavily framed door is lessened by a projecting door hood on decorated brackets. The planar Greek Revival elevation swells with symmetrically positioned bay windows. A handsome carriage barn accompanies the house. It displays a pair of double-doored portals and alternating windows, all with low arching, above which float strongly projecting and bracketed flat table hoods. So conventional round-arched Italianate treatment gets a lively rhythmic counterpoint. This was originally the residence of the son of Joseph P. Nichols, who owned the nearby Oak Valley mills (now disappeared). Henry served as superintendent for the mills from 1857 to 1888.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Henry Stafford Nichols House", [Burrillville, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-BU15.

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