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Thomas R. Wells House

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1820. 25 North Rd.

A handsome example of the usual two-and-one-half-story, five-bay, side-gabled house with end chimneys, the Wells House (now a fraternity house related to the adjacent University of Rhode Island) is exceptional for brick end walls tied into its chimneys. The entrance type is prevalent in the village. Swelling S-shaped brackets over plain paneled pilasters raise an entablature over a transom light. The resulting vertical proportions are stately; the effect is severe. Such restraint is, in fact, a keynote of the Federal style in Kingston.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Thomas R. Wells 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, 389-389.

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