Friday, January 05, 2007

Never Surrender a Stone-Ender

Anne "Pete" Baker is heading efforts to preserve what's left of the Waite-Potter House in Westport, Massachusetts—a stone-ender built in 1677 and mostly destroyed by Hurricane Carol in 1954. Only its unusual chimney remains standing.

Ms. Baker said the house is a prime example of a Rhode Island Stone-ender, one of few that "crept over the border." Thomas Waite came from Portsmouth, R.I., where he likely developed an interest in this unusual Rhode Island architecture.

"It's too bad there's not more of it there," Ms. Baker said of what remains. But at least the town can save the chimney.

"The main thing is to prevent it from falling further apart," Ms. Baker said. [Link]

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