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Earles Court Houses and Water Tower

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1886–1887, J. J. Jarding and Constable Brothers. Earles Court Rd.

It was the New York lawyer Edward Earle who encouraged Charles Pope and Louis Sherry to undertake similar enterprises. He envisioned a road with piered entrances at either end, along which he planned a double row of Queen Anne houses with a fantastic water tower on an oval island at the midpoint of the road. Only two houses were built: number 36, Edward Earle's own house, much altered, and number 46, immediately beyond the tower to the right, a gabled frame house with conical-roofed polygonal tower and veranda. (Houses at numbers 37 and 50 are visually related and contemporary but not part of the Earles development.) Most sadly, only the circular stone base of the water tower remains. It was once topped by a shingled “castle” to shroud the water tank, which rose from a bracketed balcony. The castle consisted of a castellated polygonal enclosure fronted by a conical turret. Attached to the turret, like a bowsprit, was a copper griffin with wings spread around the turret.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Earles Court Houses and Water Tower", [Narragansett, 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, 371-371.

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