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We’re used to seeing wood-frame houses covered with brick surfaces, but until the early part of the twentieth century, houses here with brick exteriors relied on their masonry for structural support. This is one of a handful of early local exceptions to the structural-masonry rule, for early insurance records describe this as a “brick-plated” house, that is, a heavy timber frame clad with a single layer of brick possessing no structural properties. Also distinctive are the pedimented windows, seen in Providence only rarely then and on the most elaborate houses.

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