More rambunctiousness appears at number 514, built for a loom harness manufacturer and designed by Perez Mason, an architect from Fall River, Massachusetts, who eventually lived on Broadway himself. A loose, clapboarded hybrid, part mansarded Second Empire palace, part towered villa, the house is uniquely set back from Broadway on a large, landscaped property. Details more than composition attract the eye here: a flaring mansard with cupola topping a spindly tower; bonnet gables of two types; a curious sagging, tentlike hood molding over accent windows; and a plethora of varied brackets and pendant ornamentation. Later owners George W. Prentice, a buttonhook manufacturer, and Anna Tirocchi, a very prestigious dressmaker to the Providence carriage trade, made additions and alterations to the house, which may account for its particular character.
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John K. Kendrick–George W. Prentice–Anna Tirocchi House
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