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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.

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.)

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William H. Jordy et al.
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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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-PR169.

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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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