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John K. Kendrick–George W. Prentice–Anna Tirocchi House

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1867, Perez Mason. c. 1881, c. 1931. 514 Broadway
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

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.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "John K. Kendrick–George W. Prentice–Anna Tirocchi House", [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, 130-130.

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