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Joseph Farnum–Brown House

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c. 1720. c. 1780(?), door. 243 Old County Rd.

Here the two-and-one-half-story house with slightly off-center chimney has four bays, but in a house of nearly five-bay length, this time the window in the fourth odd bay is slid out nearly (but not quite) to the position of the outermost bay at the opposite end of the house. Window capping at the ground floor is quite elegant. Once more the familiar pilastered entrance, with broken-pedimented door and fanlight, reappears. This one is ornamented with a simple interlace of pointed arches in wood—an outrider of the impending Gothic Revival by way of such “Gothic” furniture motifs such as those popularized by Chippendale.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Joseph Farnum–Brown 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, 262-262.

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