Granite Industry
Westerly, RI

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Westerly Town Hall

Westerly Town Hall The Westerly Town Hall and Court House, designed by William R. Walker and Son of Providence, was cut in 1912 by the New England Granite Works. It is made from red Westerly Granite quarried from the Batterson Quarry on Old Hopkinton Road. It has several notable features. First, the major part of the finish, the field, is a rock face finish.
Westerly Town Hall window The details around the windows and at the corners are a hammered finish, providing an effective contrast to the rough face of the field. Note the quoin, the exterior angle of the building where the large stones are dressed and arranged to form a decorative contrast with the adjoining walls.
Westerly Town Hall columns The columns are drum columns. That is, they are cut in sections reminiscent of the shape of a snare drum. The joints in the columns are clearly visible. Drum columns do not require the massive single pieces of granite that are needed by one-piece columns. The challenge with drum columns is cutting and setting them so that they have the appearance and the structural stability of a single column. These columns are turned on a lathe to a tooled finish.
Westerly Town Hall capital on column  
   

 

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