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Daniel Pierce House

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1781, c. 1850. 53 Transit St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Here it is not the little eighteenth-century house itself that counts so much as its mid-nineteenth-century enlargement—vertically, into a tall gable. Reminiscent of a twentieth-century A-frame, the type was then known as a “lightning splitter.” Several other examples of this rare mid-nineteenth-century vernacular type exist in the state (see the Bicknell-Armington House in East Providence [ EP24]).

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Daniel Pierce 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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