Nestled among the stately Colonial, Federalist, and Greek Revival homes that have made Providence a hub of historical architecture, you can find a simpler, more rustic style of cottage. At the turn of the 20th Century, Providence residents fell in love with the Tudor Revival style. These unique homes were inspired by the architecture of European medieval styles but were modernized with the highly popular craftsman style. The result was quaint homes reminiscent of English country homes but with fine, eclectic details.
The Evolution Of A Revival
Just as the original Tudor style was a response to the heavily opulent detailing of the Gothic period, Tudor Revival was a paring back of the overly decorated Victorian styles. As modern life became more complex, homeowners wanted more modest features found in the country cottages of rural Europe. These features harkened back to a simpler time, that rejected mass-produced homes and embraced natural details. That is not to say, Tudor Revival homes don’t feature incredibly striking details. Tudor homes are characterized by asymmetrical massing, steep gable roofs, dormer windows, high chimneys, and arched windows and doorways. They blend beautifully intricate masonry with thick timber molding.
Similar to Craftsman style homes, Tudor Revival interiors feature large spacious rooms with carved woodwork, ceiling beams, and paneling in warm wood tones. Throughout the house, you will find whimsical nods to medieval architecture like arched fireplaces, stone accents, and dramatic leaded glass windows. The interiors of Tudor homes were both modern and romantic, with just a touch of chivalry.
Own A Piece Of Providence History: The Cherry Hayworth House
If the Tudor Revival style has piqued your interest, consider viewing the Cherry Hayworth House. Featured in the Providence Preservation Society’s publication “Historic and Architectural Resources of the East Side of Providence: A Preliminary Report”, this “picturesque” home is an unusual example of Tudor revival homes. The home is notable for its medieval details and unique L-shape with a garaged court. Custom-built in 1931, this is the perfect home for any family fascinated with medieval European design.
When you enter the glass paneled, arched doorway you are immediately greeted with an intricate tile mosaic in the mudroom. Next, you’ll step into a grand spacious foyer that reaches the back of the home. The downstairs features an open concept formal living room with built-in bookcases and a carved limestone fireplace. There is also a formal dining room with floor to ceiling paneling. A butler’s pantry connects the dining room to a massive eat-in kitchen with updated cabinetry and modern fixtures.
To go upstairs you’ll follow a winding staircase featuring wrought iron railing that leads to a mezzanine overlooking the foyer. There are five bedrooms, including a spacious master suite you could fit a seating area. Each bedroom is truly unique featuring large windows, arched reading nooks, and crown moldings. There is also a large family room with cathedral ceilings and an awe-inspiring period fireplace.
Outside, French doors with a beautiful arched window lead you to a private garden surrounded by brick and wrought iron fencing. There is also a pristine slate patio, a private gated garage and drive, and mature landscaping. Though a minutes commute from downtown, the exterior of the home feels like a private English country garden. This wonderful estate even features a plaque from the Providence Preservation Society.
To see the Cherry-Hallworth House for yourself, give The Providence Real Estate Guy Jim DeRentis a call at 401.553.6383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. He’d be happy to show you this stunning example of Tudor Revival architecture or any other unique historical Providence homes on the market.