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Whipple–Angell–Bennett House

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c. 1767, c. 1820, c. 1850, c. 1940. 157 Olney St. (at Fruit Hill Ave.)

Down the street from Farnum's bungalow is the oldest extant house in the area. This small, gambrel-roofed, one-and-one-half-story farmhouse with a transom-lit door and a commanding central chimney exhibits the casual approach to symmetry typical for its period, especially in vernacular carpentry. It was built by a member of the family who settled and originally owned much of the land in the area. Other onetime farmhouses from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are scattered through the area, all but overwhelmed by later suburban developments. Of these ancient survivors, this is the best preserved.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Whipple–Angell–Bennett House", [North Providence, 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, 163-164.

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