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[4 images in this series] Langworthy Farm, built 1875, near Westerly, Rhode Island, is a fine example of domestic Second Empire style, the mansard roof with the additional top floor contributing to the sense of mass and size. The house is essentially a large 2-story front section with a 1-story wing symmetrically positioned as the rear part of the house. The roof, which can’t be viewed as a conventional roof, is of asphalt and uses a fish-scale pattern of shingling. Four interior chimneys and a widow’s walk of ornamental woodwork with 4 finials top the dwelling. The expected dormer windows accent the roof with their top arched panes; the windows have elaborate surrounds with elaborate woodwork at the bottom sides. Brackets in the cornice appear to alternate from small to large. The side facades of the front portion of the house have five 2/2 windows with window hoods and green shutters and a 4-sided bay window with 1/1 narrow panes. The bay windows with bracketing at the roof are positioned differently on each side. The rear wing dispenses with window hoods. The entrance is by means of a front porch; the wing has a porch on either side, but they are not identical. The front facade shows 3 dormer windows. Below those on the second floor are 3 windows positioned below the dormers–one pair of very narrow 1/1 panes flanked by wider windows with 2/2; the second floor windows are hooded. The porch extends the width of the house with four slender square posts supporting the roof. The post brackets display ornamental scrollwork. The porch railing consists of turned balusters, and is entered by four wood steps to the entry–a single wooden door with arched transom with a sun-burst design and with sidelights of 4 panes with a vertical orientation.
The house has 15 rooms with 7,400 square feet. It currently functions as a bread & breakfast. It’s assessed value is close to $2,000,000. This was a farmhouse when built, although it’s difficult to envision this in that usage. The house occupies the site of a former home of Samuel Ward, governor of Rhode Island twice and a founder and trustee of Brown University. [More info at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ward_(American_statesman)]. I have a more than normal interest in this building–I’m descended from the Langworthy family of the Westerly area
The four images are as follows:
1) front facade
2) side facade to the left on front entrance
3) side facade to the right of front entrance with rear wing
4) detailed view of roof and dormer windows on wing
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