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Thomas P. Barnefield House

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1872. 99 Summit St.

The Ellis Pearce House, built for the owner of a grocery, flour, and grain store, once stood alone as the first house in the street. It is hip-roofed, with a heavy porch and with pilaster elements at every corner topped by handsome ornamental brackets. Across the street (now resided, but unobtrusively so), the Thomas P. Barnefield House, built for a prominent lawyer, sets the varied pretensions of Summit Street to one side. A straightforward, cross-gabled, T-shaped mass is infilled with a three-sided porch: open form against closed form in a simple interlock. The arched colonnading of the porch seems almost too formal for the vernacular quality of the rest, and for the sawcut, stenciled ornamentation between each of its arches—as if a farmhouse had wandered onto this classy summit and put on costume jewelry for the occasion.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Thomas P. Barnefield House", [Pawtucket, 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, 150-150.

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