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Cobblestone House

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1903. 40 Old Forge Rd. (.35 mile from Farnum Pk.)

Cobblestone construction is unusual for Rhode Island, but this one-story cobblestone house with a hipped roof was designed and built by an emigré from Rome, Joseph Octaviana (1903). It seems to be another example of Mediterranean scorn for the apparent impermanence of a wooden house where stone is possible (see also JO11).

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Cobblestone 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, 251-251.

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