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Joseph Tillinghast House

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c. 1800. 10 James St. (at South Main St.)

These two survivors opposite one another—an ample wood-frame house and a small brick house, built respectively for a father and his son—make a telling introduction to early domestic architecture in Providence. The size and center-hall plan of the earlier house reflect the town's growing prosperity and entry into the architectural mainstream on the eve of the Revolution; like most Providence houses, it is of wood. The later, Federal style house, of brick, severely plain both inside and out, is interesting for its siting. The facade is turned ninety degrees from the street and the residential entrance raised one story above South Main by use of a high basement with secondary entry into a basement office on Main Street at street level. Variations on this particular solution appear repeatedly along Main and Benefit streets on the steep western slope of College Hill, which rises from Water Street's eastern edge.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Joseph Tillinghast 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, 61-61.

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