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Apartments (First Free Will Baptist Church, later Independent Eastern Orthodox Church of the Resurrection)

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First Free Will Baptist Church, later Independent Eastern Orthodox Church of the Resurrection
1884, William R. Walker and Son. 130 Broadway

The wide-gabled body of this nicely preserved Queen Anne church exterior accepts a cluster of appendages to its front. An entrance porch, domestic in mien but overly wide (in sympathy with the big gable behind), butts against a shed-roofed entrance vestibule, which, in turn, butts against a spire off the corner opposite from the porch. The collision of shapes, which can be piquant in the best of Queen Anne, is here somewhat clumsy. So perhaps is the exceptional shape of the spire, in which a swelling, mansardlike base is abruptly pinched and capped by an octagon steeple (doubtless an awkward echo of the original spire cap to the round-topped belfry of the nearby Pawtucket Congregational Church [ PA22]). Typical Queen Anne details are the most delightful aspect of this design.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Apartments (First Free Will Baptist Church, later Independent Eastern Orthodox Church of the Resurrection)", [Pawtucket, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-PA24.

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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, 148-149.

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