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Angell–Ballou House

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Early 19th century. 49 Ridge Rd. (poles 21–22)

This Federal house was another of Smithfield buildings that received notice from the White Pine editors. Two chimneys, a bit awkwardly down on the front slope of the roof, are set in slightly from the ends of the building. The top edges of the splayed board lintels over the ground-story windows are unaligned with the major features of the door frame, but the spoked fanlight, in lead, and the door frame's parts are decisively articulated. The wall clarifies the near-regular rhythm of window openings across the elevation, except for the barest increase of interval on either side of the entrance and its upstairs window above in order to emphasize the center. Given the symmetrical arrangement of ten openings on a rectangular plane, the carpenter-designer for this house opted for their near equilibrated spread, whereas his counterpart for the Asahel Angell House ( SM27) set up a tension between the center and the tight clusters of four windows at either end by widening the interval of wall which separates them.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Angell–Ballou 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, 259-259.

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