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Isaac Bowen House

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c. 1755, ell. 1795, main house. 1670 Maple Valley Rd. (pole 96)

The third in a string of examples of the pervasive eighteenth-century two-and-one-half-story, five-bay formula, this is the best of the trio—the finest, in fact, of its type in Coventry. The main house here dates from the same time as the Briggs Farmhouse–Poor Farm (CO10) and has exactly the same kind of entrance. Comparison, however, reveals that the arrangement of the openings of the Bowen house is a bit more compact than that for the Briggs Farmhouse (even though the contrast between the shutters here and the more authentic lack of shutters there obscures the comparative relationship of openings to wall). Here, too, the door is more elegantly elaborated: Ionic half columns instead of Doric pilasters and more intricate leading in the fanlight.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Isaac Bowen House", [Coventry, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-CO12.

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