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c. 1900. 178 School St.

Opposite and near the intersection of School Street and Berkshire Drive are brick duplexes fronted by porches and topped by various gable treatments which represent American adaptations of comparable housing in British model factory towns of the early twentieth century. They, and other similar housing along Main Street, are characteristic of efforts by the Albion plant superintendent William Erskine to modernize the village by replacing deteriorated stock. Number 178 offers a nicely preserved four-story triple-decker, with three stories of flats fronted by spindled porching, all supported on metal brackets above the same sort of storefront we have seen in Manville—again an example of private speculation amidst mill-built housing.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Triple-Decker", [Lincoln, 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, 204-204.

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