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E. B. Olney House

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c. 1848. 515 Woonasquatucket Ave.

Of several Gothic Revival cottages built in Allendale, this is the most interesting. Highpitched roofs and Tudor moldings over windows give a vaguely “Gothic” aura to this plainly carpentered house, with specific reference mostly concentrated in the charming entry porch. Note also, however, the paired diamond-shaped terra-cotta chimney flues molded to “medieval” taste. The design seems to have been nominally inspired by one of Andrew Jackson Downing's many books, which, in the 1840s and 1850s, popularized medieval styles as ideal for suburban and country houses. Extant Gothic Revival houses are rare in Rhode Island and seem never to have been very popular. Allendale is the only extant mill village in the state with several of them, all seemingly allocated to those with superior status in the community hierarchy.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "E. B. Olney House", [North Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-NP5.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 165-165.

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