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Samuel Irons Cottage (Hendry's Retreat)

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Hendry's Retreat
c. 1876. 1881, moved from original site nearby. 14 Fairview St.

The Samuel Irons Cottage, “Hendry's Retreat,” an example of the Conanicut paradigm, is the most authentically preserved of all the more elaborate, ornamented cottages. Stencil-cut ornament adorns the bracketing of the attenuated square-sided columns around the U-plan porch, while more lacy embellishment appears at the apexes of all gables and at the lower corners of the gable triangles on the side elevations, like antimacassars in Victorian parlors. More lacy screening adorns the fanciful S-shaped brackets which support hoods over second-story windows where they break through the eaves, thereby cozying the house down to cottage scale.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Samuel Irons Cottage (Hendry's Retreat)", [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, 588-588.

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