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Quidnesset Baptist Church

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1906, Murphy and Hindle. c. 1960, addition. 6345 Post Rd. (.1 mile south of Essex Rd.)

Following a fire in 1906, Quidnesset Baptist Church was rebuilt by a firm particularly well known for Catholic churches. Although the building's profile supposedly duplicates that of the original (1842) Gothic Revival structure, the extraordinary use of fireproof rock-faced concrete blocks and the blunt layering of the cuboid massing gives this building a hard-edged, looming silhouette which, while certainly crude, is nevertheless surprisingly commanding. The effect is now compromised by a large parish house addition to the south, also of concrete block, but smooth faced in contrast to the church.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Quidnesset Baptist Church", [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, 356-356.

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