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John Bancroft House (The Bluff)

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The Bluff
Before 1883. 575 Tuckerman Ave.

The ocean bluff, with nearby Purgatory Chasm, a terrifying slot in the cliff approximately 10 feet wide and 120 feet long, its sheer walls dropping 50 feet down to water, also provides the outlook for this forcefully organized shingled house with gable format encompassing the front elevation. From this an entrance shelter protecting a steep flight of stairs projects boldly, its undulant roof and latticing creating a vaguely Oriental aura. Number 595 Tuckerman, once its carriage house, is now a residence.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "John Bancroft House (The Bluff)", [Middletown, 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, 513-513.

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