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Caretaker's Cottage, Theophilus Stork House (Fowlers Rock)

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Fowlers Rock
1900. 349 East Shore Rd.

The main house, named for an offshore clump of rocks at which it looks, across the road and diagonally south of this bungalow, is an important medium-sized shingle house dating from 1892 and designed for a niece of Philadelphia's prominent Wharton family, probably by C. L. Bevins, a little-known but prolific designer from England who opened a practice in Jamestown at the end of the nineteenth century. It has been altered, however, and is invisible in summer. So let the prevalent Jamestown theme of the modest shingled bungalow extend itself in this fine example by way of further establishing the unpretentiousness characteristic of the Jamestown tradition, before we reach shingled residences that are much larger but nevertheless mostly retain the qualities of its basic cottages. Columned porch supports minimally “colonialize” this example. Their elemental capitals and the speed with which the tapered entasis works itself into a cylinder indicate how casually the country lathe dealt with its whiff of classicism.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Caretaker's Cottage, Theophilus Stork House (Fowlers Rock)", [Jamestown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-JA2.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 585-585.

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