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Samuel Thomas House

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1795. c. 1870s and 1880s, additions. 64 Main St.

This house seems to have begun as a standard five-bay house with central chimney. Raised at some point with an addition off one end, it was Victorianized by a bay window and a new bracketed entrance into its side elevation. Finally, a Queen Anne stoop was added where the original entrance had been, probably to split the house into two units, as it is today. This is the single extant record on the street of the nadir of interest in colonial architecture, when these houses seemed shabby antiques to be updated as well as one could. But even by the time of the stoop alteration, the Colonial Revival was getting underway.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Samuel Thomas House", [North Kingstown, 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, 359-359.

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