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A. A. Spitz Duplex

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1902. 409–411 Broadway
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

Another duplex presents a late example of Queen Anne style in which the push-pull of cross gables, dormers, and bays out from a cubic, hip-roofed core seems to be restained by incipient classical enframement. The cage, which is composed of paneled pilasters at key corners butting exaggerated entablatures at each story, and the balustrading of important bay windows below, can also be viewed as a last hurrah for the kind of revealed framing characteristic of the Stick Style. As if to underscore the incipient classicism, the complicated shapes of the entrance porches at either end display vernacularized versions of grand Beaux-Arts planning in which columns and piers work in concert to stake out complicated shapes. Both the dainty garlands capping the second-story bay fronts and the Palladian window in the attic “pediment” also proclaim the arrival of the classical dispensation at the turn of the century.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "A. A. Spitz Duplex", [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, 129-129.

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