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Elisha Mowry House

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1759. 10 John Mowry Rd.

Any four-bay (“three-quarters”) house poses the problem of the placement of the odd bay in the format. The elevation of this house extends as needed, with the odd bay centered in the resulting space. The small panes of the twelve-over-twelve sash magnify the impact of the emphatic framing. The simply molded caps of the first-story windows mitigate the bluntness of their boxed-out board enframement while subtly marking the importance of the principal rooms. The typical transomed door of the period is given an austere, well-proportioned pediment, its base aligned with the tops of the adjacent windows. Like the Evans House ( SM4), the Mowry House gives the sense of a compact, near-cubic mass. All is vigorous, ordered, and restrained. Hence the intensity of this elevation.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Elisha Mowry 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, 257-257.

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