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William B. Spencer House I

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1847. 2 Ames St. (at Fairview Ave.)

Made more commanding by its siting on a steep rise over the Pawtuxet, the first of two houses built by William B. Spencer is among the finest and most elaborate Greek Revival houses in the state. It boasts a two-story, four-columned Corinthian temple front, with flanking hip-roofed wings. Downhill, toward Fairview Avenue, at a lower level, yet another hip-roofed appendage with its own porch supported at its outside corner by a single Doric column animates the composition in an exceptionally picturesque manner for the style. The client was a merchant and store owner in Phenix and Lippitt, as well as a bank president and undertaker. The house is the more attractively sited because a pathway from this point to Harris (the next village upstream, in Coventry) winds through a linear park, which suggests the great potential for wooded walkways along much of the Pawtuxet.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "William B. Spencer House I", [West Warwick, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-WW2.

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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, 326-326.

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