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Almet Jenks House

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1949, Albert Harkness. 64 Warren's Point Rd.

Instead of invoking French rural building in a Moderne manner, as in his Brayton House, Albert Harkness here turned to the town's own shingle tradition, and thereby established an exemplar for the way “modern” should be approached in Little Compton: with caution. The house was, in fact, partly constructed of materials from dismantled farm buildings. The central gabled mass spawns gabled wings at either end, but in opposite directions, giving a steplike configuration to the plan. This easy spread of the house, its substantial stone chimneys, and the greenhouse attached to the end of one of the wings are other means by which this house insinuated itself into the local environment.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Almet Jenks House", [Little Compton, 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, 493-493.

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