Having commissioned a new house for his bride, Georgette Wetmore Sherman, Harold Brown, a member of the venerable Rhode Island family, opted to balance heavy stonework with novel light and airy interior designs by the young Ogden Codman in what would be his first major project. The French sources upon which Codman drew were attractive to Brown, who was interested in the French Empire style and collected furniture of the Napoleonic era. Since the Browns were a highly reputed family with ancient Rhode Island roots, they felt no need for ostentatious display, so the house is discreetly sited and is more fully screened than any of its neighbors on grounds planned by Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Harold Carter Brown House
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