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Margin Street Houses

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c. 1720–c. 1900

For part of its length, Margin Street runs behind a narrow linear park along the Pawcatuck, with Connecticut industry on the opposite bank. The most important house on the street is the John Lewis-Captain William Card House ( WE10.1; c. 1720; 1929–1930, restoration, Norman M. Isham), at number 12, a central-chimney house with flank gable roof raised on a stone basement. Two Neo-Colonial houses ( WE10.2, WE10.3; c. 1873, c. 1896; c. 1840, 1900), at 2 and 4 Margin Street, both turn-of-the-century reworkings of mid-nineteenth-century dwellings, merit a look. Number 2 began its existence as a Second Empire house with large cupola centered on its mansard roof, while the appeal of number 4, with its attentuated, semielliptical porch and dormers, results from the reworking of a Greek Revival house.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Margin Street Houses", [Westerly, 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, 409-409.

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