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This tour ends, appropriately enough, with two large-scale houses that anticipate the scale of economic activity glorified in the next tour. Both were home to prosperous mid-nineteenth-century textile manufacturers, the industry that put Providence on the map economically and, ultimately, politically. Whipple-Slater began as a substantial Greek Revival house, as the front porch indicates, but its enlargement and remodeling at the hands of Alpheus Morse, perhaps the most skillful local practitioner of the Italianate style, transformed it into a suitable seat for William Slater, a member of the prominent textile-manufacturing family. Next door, the King House typifies the large-scale Greek Revival house that the Whipple House had been before Morse’s architectural ministrations.

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