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Narragansett Town Hall (Fifth Avenue School)

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Fifth Avenue School
1924, J. Winfield Church. Remodeling as town hall by Raymond W. Schwab. 25 5th Ave. (at Central St.)

Another surprise! This giant brick gable broadside to the street, topped by a chimneyed endpiece, contains three stories of windows grouped around a three-arched opening. The date is astonishing. One would guess it to be a postmodernist adaptation of a motif made famous by Robert Venturi. No other Rhode Island school resembles it. How did its architect come to this solution?

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Narragansett Town Hall (Fifth Avenue School)", [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, 370-370.

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