National Register Nomination for the Susan S. and Edward J. Cutler House

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The Susan S. and Edward J. Cutler House is significant at the local level under Criteria A, B, and C in the areas of community planning and development and architecture. The property reflects the broad patterns of history of Providence, Rhode Island in the late nineteenth century as it became a national leader in industrial production, saw its population rapidly multiply and a subsequent boom in new housing construction, facilitated in part by improvements in transportation and an upwardly mobile middle class. The symbiotic relation of these trends laid the groundwork for Edward J. Cutler, a broom manufacturer, to build an early house in what was then an up-and coming Victorian streetcar suburb located on the same streetcar route as his factory on Pawtucket Avenue. Built in 1880, the Cutler House is an unusually well-preserved representation of the first phase of this development from rural countryside to streetcar suburb on the outskirts of the city, and then to dense urban neighborhood near the city core. The Cutler House is also significant at the local level under Criterion B for its association with industrialist Edward J. Cutler, who ran one of the only broom manufacturing outfits in Rhode Island and was the leading broom corn dealer in the state in the late nineteenth century, along with his other ties to Rhode Island industry. Finally, the Cutler house is also significant at the local level under Criterion C in the area of architecture as an artifact of a middle class Picturesque cottage that embodies the distinctive characteristics of the Stick style, through a vernacular interpretation, with great architectural integrity.

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