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Joseph T. Cullen House

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1929–1930. 12 Walnut St.

Formally more resolved than the Walter Stearns House is a fine, if modest, example in what might be called the pergola mode of the early twentieth century, in which Arts and Crafts interests in revealed structure and in garden design are intermixed. In California this development culminated in such extraordinary examples as the glorified bungalows in shingle and redwood by Greene and Greene. In New England the mode is often at its best in a tighter, more reticent Neo-Colonial format of Doric columns and projecting scroll-sawn bracketing, which is more ornamental than structural, as here in its decorative attachment to the walls. Compositionally, this house is admirably abstract, however unaware its builder probably was of the result. The rectangular, hip-roofed mass of the house is enlivened by three features: an inset entrance porch at the center and flanking projections on either end for a sunroom and open porch. Each is compactly framed by chunky columns with the scroll-cut ends of simulated pergolas floating above them.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Joseph T. Cullen 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, 150-151.

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