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Edward J. McCaughley House

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c. 1917. 51 Arlington St.

Built for an executive of a dye and bleach works, this is a fine example of English Arts and Crafts in the manner of C. F. A. Voysey, as popularized in English periodicals like The International Studio, which had a considerable American following among the artistically inclined. Spreading roofs and deep porches characterize this long, thin house, in stucco with the first floor in brick. What could be an abortive hipped roof over the first story barely gets beyond the stage of eaves stretched across the front as a protective overhang for the entrance and ground-floor windows, before a pair of wide cross gables, side by side, cuts through it to make the second floor, above which the hip concludes. Porches supported by chunky Doric columns cut into the mass at either end, over which broad dormers poke through the roof slopes. A cozy vernacular image is invigorated by the formal symmetry and forceful geometrical organization of the blown-up mass.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Edward J. McCaughley House", [Pawtucket, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-PA26.

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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, 150-150.

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