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Brownell Farm

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1804. 411 West Main Rd.

The exceptional feature of this fine two-story, five-bay Federal house is the pedimented entrance porch to its transom-lighted door. It is probably an early addition. Supported on Tuscan columns with an arched ceiling beneath its pedimented gable, it is similar to those on a cluster of houses in Union Village in North Smithfield and in some houses in Foster (see Union Village under North Smithfield and FO3, FO15, and FO18). What is the connection between them and this isolated example? The Brownell Farm retains a particularly handsome complement of shingled barns and outbuildings (probably from the late nineteenth century) aligned with or parallel to the house and a spread of fields beautifully enclosed with stone walls. The house belongs to descendants of the original owners.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Brownell Farm", [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, 491-491.

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