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Zachariah Allen House

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c. 1789, Amos Allen, builder-designer. 1093 Smith Street (at Modena Avenue and Eaton St.)

Sea captain Zachariah Allen commissioned this elaborate if somewhat charmingly provincial house of his carpenter brother for a conspicuous site. The entry is especially ambitious, with its Ionic pilasters and pediment, set against a rusticated panel (its projection as a vestibule probably later). Somewhat crude lintel rustication and keystones over the groundfloor windows and quoining enlarge the display. The erratic placement of the central upstairs window may be a later alteration; but the off-center chimney and (most interesting) the belated “medievalism” of a rare projecting eave over a side elevation with more windows out of alignment also dilute the sophistication elsewhere. The famous early-nineteenth-century industrialist of the same name was raised in this house.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Zachariah Allen House", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-PR181.

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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, 126-126.

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