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Phanuel Bishop House

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Probably 1770s. 150 Greenwood Ave.

In contrast to earlier central-chimney type, this shows the more modern end-chimney placement (with brick end walls), providing for a hall across the center of the house. The fanlighted, pedimented entrance also reflects progressive trends of the 1770s. So does the sophisticated molding under the eaves with its fretted half-round, as compared to the plain jutted overhang of the nearby contemporaneous Hyde-Bridgham House. On the other hand, the narrowing of the clapboarding toward the ground here, and the cruder treatment of the splayed window heads vis-à-vis its near neighbor indicates that up-to-dateness and finesse in design often progress in a piecemeal way in such traditional formats as eighteenth-century house fronts. Phanuel Bishop was long a member of the General Court of Massachusetts (at a time when this site was part of Rehoboth in Massachusetts), before serving eight years as a Massachusetts representative in the United States Congress.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Phanuel Bishop House", [East Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-EP11.

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