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Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University (Henry Pearce House)

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Henry Pearce House
1898, Angell and Swift. 182 George St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)

Number 182 George, built for a banker, is a late full-blown, rather diffuse and, for Providence, surprisingly rare example of residential Richardsonian Romanesque in customary tan and red-brown quarry-faced granite, with a giant carriage entrance with porte-cochere hidden off a rear corner. Stylistically, however, the house is curiously dichotomous. What is a belated style on the exterior becomes quite up-to-date Colonial Revival inside, predominantly of an intricate Neo-Federal inspiration. It is as though he sought dominating monumentality, while she craved glittering refinement. Much of the interior remains despite its academic use, including a copper-clad conservatory embellished as a grape arbor in stained glass, like a live-in Tiffany lamp. (The more impressively compact Neo-Romanesque carriage house for this house stands around the corner, right, on Brook Street.)

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University (Henry Pearce 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, 119-119.

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