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Josiah Baker House

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c. 1800. 23 Arnold St.

The two-story, five-bay Baker House is unique in Providence for an extant Federal house of its small scale in that its petite ground-floor windows, barely projecting from the plane of their brick wall, are pedimented over crossetted architraves in very elegant detailing, which the pedimented and fanlighted entrance completes. Its construction is also unusual for its day. The wall is one brick thick (“brickplated,” in the terminology of its day, or “brick veneered” in ours) against boards supported on a post-and-beam frame. The delicacy of the woodwork outside is matched by that inside (not open to the public). Evidence of a fire inside suggests that it may be a little later than the exterior (possibly c. 1825).

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Josiah Baker House", [Providence, 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, 93-94.

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