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Joanna Jenckes Barnes House

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c. 1795. 49 Benefit St. (corner of Jenckes St.)
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

The gambrel roof of the Jenckes House is rare in Providence, because few were built in the second half of the eighteenth century, and earlier ones have disappeared (as they have not in Newport). This is probably the largest and most handsomely preserved in the center city. Across Jenckes Street, the rusticated siding on the Barnes House is also rare among extant Providence houses and apparently never was popular here, whereas again the opposite seems to have been true for mid-to-late eighteenth-century Newport.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Joanna Jenckes Barnes 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, 75-75.

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