Photographer/Creator

Chester Smolski
Albert S. Potter

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Date

1-1-1979

Description

This early Victorian, two-story, wood-frame octagonal home was built in 1867 by watchmaker Albert S. Potter. The house was inspired by the 1853 publication "Home for All" by Orson Fowler. The influential book recommended the octagon as the most economical and practical shape for a house, however, the book also recommended using poured concrete, which this house did not incorporate. The house is owned by the Carolina Preservation and Band Society and is listed as a landmark in the National Register of Historic Places for the Carolina Historic District.

Notes

Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island" Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 480. McGowan, Louis. "Octagonal Houses of Rhode Island." Quahog.org, 2016 www.quahog.org/factsfolklore/index.php?id=139. Accessed 11 Feb. 2016. "Rhode Island." Inventory of Older Octagon, Hexagon, and Round Houses, 2016, www.octagon.bobanna.com/RI.html. Accessed 12 Feb. 2016.

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Building Type

Single family dwelling

Building Style

Victorian

Subject Headings

Octagonal houses -- Rhode Island -- Richmond; Dwellings -- Rhode Island -- Richmond; Architecture, Victorian -- Rhode Island -- Richmond

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Richmond

Street Address

4 Carolina Main St, RI-112

Keywords

octagonal, architecture, Victorian, Richmond, South County

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