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Arnold Smith House

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c. 1750. 3895 Main Rd.

The one-and-one-half-story Arnold Smith House has lost its anchoring chimney. Even so, it impresses by virtue of its low, mounded gambrel mass. The vividness of this impression partly results from the sparseness of openings in the long front elevation, where the centered door and two small windows (instead of the usual four) leave a broad expanse of shingled wall, which is extended by the homogeneous wrap of the wooden shingles over the roof as well (instead of the usual discordant remodeling in asphalt roofing). The later insertion of a little dormer magnifies the sense of protective enclosure of such a house, functionally and psychologically bundled against what is outside.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Arnold Smith House", [Tiverton, 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, 486-486.

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