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Morel House

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c. 1915. 92 Summit Ave. (corner of Chamberland Ct.)

Whereas, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, the very well off of Phenix lined up on the summit of Fairview Avenue, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, those of more modest means tended to live on the lesser mound of Highland Avenue in a subdivision cluster. The houses here also include two worth notice, one a bungalow in natural shingles on Highland Avenue, exceptional for its California look: elaboration of brackets beneath widely projecting eaves; long window bands for the “sun parlor,” brick chimney, and, most especially, the scroll cutting of purlins projecting well beyond the plane of the roof. Whoever the Master of the Phenix Bungalow may have been, he apparently built another nearby, the Morel House, on Summit Avenue.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Morel House", [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, 327-327.

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