You are here

Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., House (Red Top; Green Chimneys)

-A A +A
Red Top; Green Chimneys
1889, C. L. Bevins. 185 Walcott Ave.

Admiral Selfridge was stationed in 1898 in Japan, a likely inspiration for the ornamental detailing of this house, which once included carved dragons at both ends of the gable and latticed balustrades surrounding the porches. The theme extended even to the roof, which was originally red, suggesting oriental tilework. While often attributed to McKim, Mead and White, perhaps because of its complex of roof forms—gable on hip and saltbox—it is more likely by C. L. Bevins, who had designed another house, “The Barnacle” ( JA30), for Selfridge only three years earlier.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., House (Red Top; Green Chimneys)", [Jamestown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 601-601.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.