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Triple-Deckers

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c. 1905. 310–314 Wood Ave. (at Robinson St.)

These re-sided, roughly L-shaped tripledeckers are conceived as a pair, making the asymmetrical massing of each symmetrical. With their weighty wooden cornices scaled, it seems, to the pair of buildings, and their attenuated Tuscan porch columns, which become mini-Ionic at the topmost story, these buildings incline toward somewhat greater architectural pretension than most already described. This middle-class elegance seems evident, too, in the paired entrances with full-length oval windows and the shaped newel post, which appears to be a truncated version of the elongated porch columns. Visually, the two tiers of bay windows at the outer corners create a folded transition between the two stacks of porches, one for three apartments in front, the other for three behind. More important, they maximize light and air in the apartments. A third, similar but solitary tenement in this format exists on Robinson Street. Paired tripledeckers of this type may once have filled the lot to the corner, or at least that may have been their owners' intention.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Triple-Deckers", [Woonsocket, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-WO6.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 226-226.

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