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Dr. George W. Carr House

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1885, Edward I. Nickerson. 29 Waterman St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)
  • (Photograph by John Phelan, CC BY 3.0)

On the opposite side of Benefit Street, at the southwest corner of Waterman and Benefit, the Carr House typifies the idiosyncratic eclecticism of Edward Nickerson's essays in the Queen Anne mode, in which masonry, wood shingles, slate, and sheet copper are skillfully crafted and combined in a picturesque composition. Its rooftop bristle of gables, dormers, and tall, sculptured chimneys in brick culminates in a corner turret. This nicely turns the composition around the corner; its curvature and the complexity of its rooftop forms are echoed on both elevations by bowed bay windows of varying size, roundness, and projection. It was designed for a doctor, whose basement office was entered at the downhill Waterman Street corner of the house. It was acquired by RISD c. 1908. Although it is battered by generations of student and office use, much of its interior woodwork remains intact.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Dr. George W. Carr 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, 79-79.

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