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St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church (St. Philomene's Roman Catholic Church)

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St. Philomene's Roman Catholic Church
1908, Murphy, Hindle and Wright. Rockland and Rodman sts.

Recent painting has cost St. Thomas More some sense of its original rustic shingled texture, and the interior has been redone. But it is exceptional for the way in which picturesque cosiness is embodied in large abstract forms which dignify what might otherwise seem overly sentimental. A big shingled gable is crossed by another with triple-arched window. This is flanked by tiny dormers. Below, the repetitive slants of simple buttressing rhythmically frame paired windows and enliven the wall. At the corner, steep stairs climb to a gabled porch entrance into an austere bell tower with Lombard arching under the capping hip, giving monumental punctuation to the sheltering shapes stretched out below it.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church (St. Philomene's Roman Catholic Church)", [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, 369-369.

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