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