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The estates along Broadway, of the post-Civil War period were large and of varied designs and type, in contrast to the more conservative East Side homes of Providence. Their owners strove to have flamboyant and pretentious structures which were similar to the comtemporary villas of Newport, only being miniatures of them.
Muratore, Joseph R. "The Landmarks of Federal Hill: Post Civil War: A time of development." The Echo [Providence] 24 Jan. 1980: pp. 18. Print.