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Old Ashton Housing

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c. 1810–1815. 1014, 1016, 1018, and 1027 Lower River Rd.

Only these four mill workers' houses are left to testify to the original village of Old Ashton. Despite their early nineteenth-century date, they are traditional eighteenth-century vernacular buildings of their type, all one and one-half stories and five bays with central entrances, two with gable roofs and two with gambrels. Three are in good condition, one re-sided. All have central chimneys except number 1027. The two chimneys through its gambrel roof indicate its construction as a duplex, its front resting on the shoulder of the road, its back dug into a steep slope as a full-story rubble masonry basement which opens, across a yard, to the canal. Now single family, it is handsomely restored.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Old Ashton Housing", [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, 205-205.

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