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William C. Watson House

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1838. Mid-19th century, additions. 957 Saugatuck Rd. (pole 837)

The forceful presence of this Greek Revival house depends on the reinforcement of its contained cubic quality by a hipped roof rising to a full monitor from which jut flanking chimneys. Plain corner piers, cornices, and a Doric entrance porch emphasize the severity. By way of playful contrast, the ornamentation of the Gothic Revival porch added to one side of the house subtly rounds the customary angularity of the roof bracing with complementary handlelike, semicircular elements halfway up the post supports. A pretty Gothic Revival wellhead near the rear kitchen ell must date from the same time.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "William C. Watson House", [South Kingstown, 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, 386-386.

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