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Crompton Mill Housing

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Mid-19th century, 1876–1877, 1921. Remington St., Hepburn St., Manchester St.

Of the mill housing of varied vintage, mostly much altered, in Crompton, three closely neighboring samples are perhaps most interesting. The long, one-and-one-half-story Greek Revival multifamily tenements with low monitor lights in the roofs (mid-nineteenth century) at 6–8 and 10–12 Remington Street typify the earliest workers' housing. In 1876–1877, L & C Walker provided a “new village” (as it was then called) of workers' duplexes in an unusual design around the semicircular loop of Hepburn Street (19–25 Hepburn Street). Shingled hoods over doors and their adjacent windows combine with a projecting central gable to give a touch of Queen Anne variety to the basic box. As Hepburn curves back into Manchester, two stucco duplexes at 24–26 and 28–30 Hepburn Street and a six-unit tenement at 19–29 Manchester Street (1921) display a variety of slate covered gables and picturesque manipulation of mass derived from English “Cotswold” industrial housing—more purely English in character than the Americanized version in nearby Westcott (see the entry for New Village Mill Housing, above). Immediately after these last examples were built, Crompton Velvet and Corduroy began its move to the South.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Crompton Mill Housing", [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, 333-333.

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