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G. Whipple Commercial Block

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1895. 3782 Diamond Hill Rd.

This late Victorian store is perfectly preserved and, so far, retains an appropriate setting. A severe, gabled, two-and-one-half-story frame block with paired bracketing in the eaves and tiny dormers, it sits flank wall to the highway. Four six-pane shop windows alternate with doors to provide for two shops with office space upstairs. The diffuse village still contains some interesting nineteenth-century houses intermixed with recent building. Farms and the once important Diamond Hill quarry nearby once provided the hamlet's livelihood. Suburbanization and passing patronage to and from Diamond Hill State Park now make it viable.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "G. Whipple Commercial Block", [Cumberland, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-CU20.

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