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Noyes–Luce House

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1883, Clarence S. Luce. 15 Francis St.

These two houses represent a contrast between Queen Anne variety and plain shingled massing. In the Jane Yardley House, sited end shelters the upper story as it projects over the ground-floor street facade (it might have been called a Dutch gable at the time). Porches eat away at the corners of the second story, and while half the pediment of the porch marks the entry way, the rest thrusts into the mass of the house. At the opposite corner of the first floor, the living room is inset under deep brackets. Varied combinations of grouped windows in bands and shallow bays are organized beneath the jutting moldings, flares, and insets. Lattice-work molding slides into decorative medieval half timbering, while classical fan motifs provide an allusion typical for the Queen Anne Style. J. D. Johnston, a prolific architect-builder, knew professional contemporaries like Charles McKim and his partners and Dudley Newton, with whose residential work he skillfully allies himself here.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Noyes–Luce House", [Newport, 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, 553-553.

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