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  RHODE ISLAND'S BUILDING - If the visitor left the front of the Art Palace and passed north on the avenue between New York and Massachusetts, he would find at the right in the rear of the Bay State's John Hancock House, the notable Greek mansion of the smallest State in the Union. There were two great porches, bearing enriched Ionic columns and heavy entablature, Ionic pilasters, ornate cornices, and a crowning balustrade, which followed the rectangular and semi-circular contour of the building, and was accentuated with urns and pedestals. The porches, however, were not in front and rear, but at the sides, while no canopy guarded the archways which offered a main entrance, or it may be held that the entire semi-circular structure was itself a vestibule. The area of the edifice was thirty-nine by thirty-four feet, and the main hallway extended through the centre. Midway was a fire-place and marble mantel, taken from the old Rhode Island house in which the Americans formed the plan for the destruction of the British schooner "Gaspee," June 9th, 1792, a plan which was carried to success the next day. Upstairs, the Governor's room was circular in form, and at the centre of the floor a balustrade looked down on the massive stairway and hall below. The main hall led outdoors into a vine-clad arbor, where there were many flowers. Stone, Carpenter & Wilson, of Providence, R. I., were the architects. Cost, $7,000.
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