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Tucker-Quinn Funeral Home (Richard Waterhouse House)

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Richard Waterhouse House
c. 1900. 649 Putnam Pk.

This hip-roofed near-cube of a house is complicated by three features, all characteristic of the Queen Anne style. An elaborate dormer centered on the front elevation thrusts a simulated balcony on brackets hooped with a “moon” circle toward the visitor. A polygonal tower at one corner rises to a bulbous gourd dome. A veranda, supported on pairs of classical columns with an off-center pediment to mark the entrance steps, extends across the front and jogs around the corner in a polygon before butting the tower. Richard Waterhouse, who probably commissioned the house, served as superintendent in the nearby woolen mill on Austin Avenue. In 1903, the local paper called it the “finest modern dwelling” in Greenville.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Tucker-Quinn Funeral Home (Richard Waterhouse House)", [Smithfield, 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, 255-255.

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