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William Woodward, Jr., House

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1828, attributed to John Holden Greene. 22 James St.

Incongruously abutting the Menzies Sweet House is a duplex built for the Bucklin brothers, one a barber, the other a grocer. It demonstrates how elegant Greene can be even in his most modest work. The projecting entablature and door hoods on brackets shelter transoms with another bit of Greene “Gothick” in the pointed arches of its leaded ornamentation.

In the immediate vicinity, on James Street, are two quite similar Federal brick houses on granite bases with fanlighted doors and monitors. They are either by Greene or excellent examples in his manner. The delicacy and sophistication of the woodwork in number 22 especially suggest that Greene must have done it for William Woodward, the grocer who commissioned it; whereas William Smith, the carpenter next door, may have been able to proceed more on his own—and possibly built both houses.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "William Woodward, Jr., 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, 94-94.

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