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Hall's Block (The Chocolate Shop)

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The Chocolate Shop
1883; outside stair later. 146 Water St.
  • Hall's Block (The Chocolate Shop) (John M. Miller)

Of all surviving nineteenth-century shops in the state, this may be the most endearing (unless one includes Providence's similarly diminutive Atlantic Bank Building, which has been converted to a shop ( PR17). The elegance of the Neo-Renaissance embellishment of this front transforms a plain, two-story clapboard box into something charming and elegant, which, together with its petite scale, accords with the businesses it housed, whether chocolates (as popularly believed) or millinery (which recent research seems to indicate).

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Hall's Block (The Chocolate Shop)", [Warren, 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, 456-456.

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