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Centreville National Bank

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1938, Hutchins and French. 1218 Main St. (at Curson St.)

Steps up to a planted terrace provide the ideal Beaux-Arts foreground to this handsome Neo-Federal elevation—handsome in its division between Ionic portico and wings, in the relative sizes of the openings, and in the play between circular and rectangular shapes. Inside, a shallow central dome combines with a deeply coffered ceiling to make the principal structural members, severely veiled as classical elements, the basis for the articulation of the space. As the principal ornamentation, column capitals mix gold-leafed motifs abstracted from the Ionic and Corinthian orders, in an original manner that makes what is mostly flat pattern suggest three-dimensional form. This compact interior is among the fine banking spaces in the state, testimony to the glory days of the West Warwick mills, even as these were rapidly waning.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Centreville National Bank", [West Warwick, 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, 331-331.

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