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Grove Street School

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1874–1876, E. L. Angell. 312 Grove St. (at Bernon St.)
  • (Photographs by Sterling Vernon)
  • (Photographs by Sterling Vernon)

In a characteristically Victorian manner, the simple shed-roofed porch of this school makes rhetoric of simple structure and function. The shed roof folds into a gable hood over the stairs; pairs of chamfered posts and bracketing extend the hood toward the visitor; diagonal struts on either side provide triangular fields for cut-stencil ornament and tongue-and-groove boarding. It makes a little ceremony of the act of entering this otherwise plain brick building, relieved, except at its door, only by a bracketed cornice and a minuscule belfry. Whereas the later Kendrick Avenue School ( WO3) responded to a specific program of school requirements—differentiating the central classroom block from the entrances, articulating current preoccupations with sexual difference, and providing a conspicuous tower for the school bell—the older Grove Street School proclaims no more than its general institutional character. Still in use, it has been thoroughly remodeled inside.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Grove Street School", [Woonsocket, 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, 227-227.

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