Early Rhode Island Houses: An Historical and Architectural Study

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Page 22 - ... while on the plan will be found a note of the manner in which the old sill projected into the room. The present arrangement of the room would not lead the visitor to suspect the size or even the existence of the old stone fireplace. There is a fireboard behind the stove, and on each side of the fire-board a closet. Opening one of the closet doors, however, will reveal the stone cavern wherein, when the Town Council met, Roger Mowry burnt the logs of "this daies fireing," for which, and for the...
Page 6 - We hope that this essay will be a help to the future historians of New England and that it will promote the collection of scientific data about the oldest houses in the original New England colonies, so that the vague descriptions of too many of our town histories may be supplemented by accurate measured drawings.
Page 5 - As far as the book goes, however, we claim for it considerable accuracy, and whatever may be the reader's opinion of the theories put forth in the text, he may rest assured that the drawings are veritable historical data. Every plan, elevation and section is based upon measurements of the house it illustrates...
Page 23 - S (Plate 5), which were made to project a couple of inches to prevent the rain-water from running down the chimney face into the house, leave no doubt of the original position of the rafters. Their evidence may always be relied on, whatever the position of the modern roof. The original house, then (Plate 6), was no doubt such as the restoration shows.
Page 5 - ... data. Every plan, elevation and section is based upon measurements of the house it illustrates; and the perspectives are made — two from pencil sketches made on the spot, the rest of the number from photographs. We have thus personally examined, sometimes from garret to cellar, every house described...
Page 43 - In the longitudinal section (Plate 31) can be seen two slanting beams cutting across the trusses, and interrupting the common rafters (7^) supported by their purlins. These are the valley rafters of the old gable which once existed on the front of the house. The fact that the rafter on which they meet does not run down to the plate, and never did run down, is proof of this. We know it never ran down because the collar beams...
Page 43 - Plate 31) now filling in the space between the two valleys are newer, and are nailed to them, a thing not dreamed of by the ancient carpenters. Finally, the mortises for the gable purlins still exist in the valley rafters — which are laid flatwise and halved into the truss rafters...
Page 17 - D, which is that of the Brown house, all of brick, on the grounds of Butler Hospital. It is also a very common disposition of an endchimney, when an old house has been lengthened, as mentioned above, at the end opposite the original chimney. But this form seems never to have been developed further. Another, and a more convenient, supplanted it, and it was only after many years that it reappears, and then it does not have its original form; it is rather a fresh discovery.

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