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John F. Adams House

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1867, Nathan Crowell, carpenter. 11 Allen Ave. (corner of Broadway)

Provincially exuberant ornament adorns the front of this otherwise severe Italianate house, a mid-nineteenth-century industrialist's mansion (now apartments) which originally faced Broadway. The projection of the undulant hoods over the ground-floor windows and the drops off the end are carried to such extremes as to seem more appropriate for portière overhangs in a Victorian parlor than for architectural capping. The Corinthian porch columns which support the shelter to the arched entrance are treated at their bases as cast iron lamp standards and have cushiony capitals. Above, embellished triangular and segmental pediments on brackets appear over the windows, with more brackets under the eaves and a chunky, bracketed cupola on top, lighted by triplets of arched and bull's-eye windows. The house was built for a manufacturer of print cloth who also served as city councilman and, in 1898, as mayor.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "John F. Adams 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, 152-152.

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