My friend and mapmeister Cliff Vanover sent me the above photo of … heck if I know! He says it sits in Little Compton – Little Compton! – just west of Route 77 near the entrance to the Sakonnet Vineyards, once Rhode Island’s vintner extraordinaire, but, after falling on hard times, bought by Alex & Ani, the lifestyle conglomerate that seems to be gobbling up the state. Today the Sakonnet Vineyards! Tomorrow, the world! Now called Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyards, it may for all I know still be producing drinkable wines.
But what’s that across the road? Does Carolyn realize that alien forces are marshaling against her tidy little field of grapes? Or maybe not. Maybe it is just the residence of a standard-issue sado-masochist. On the other hand, look at all those trucks. Either the aliens are moving in or the place is some sort of commercial operation. But of what sort? Or maybe it is a nonprofit, or a philanthropic institute, some outfit run by a nut with a world-class artist-wannabe complex? Or maybe it is the new addition to a genteel art museum waiting to be helicoptered into place. Those seem to be Quonset huts nearby. What does that mean? In this day and age even such a hulk can hardly be a bomb shelter. Maybe Donald Trump’s proposed relocation of Area 51 to the Ocean State has already been accomplished.
What sort of person would inflict such an abomination on beautiful Rhode Island? And what sort of county permitting commission would permit it?
Later today arrives the answer: “Concrete ‘Castle’ Turns Heads in Little Compton,” by EastBayRI.com, published last September. It is a house. Local building official Bill Moore says he gets a call a day about it. It is rumored to have been designed by Providence architect Friedrich St. Florian, famous for Providence Place and the National World War II Memorial, in Washington. I hope not! It is owned, according to eastbayri.com, by Domenic and Laurie Carcieri. Have they no shame?