Philemon E. Sturges

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Philemon E. Sturges (1929 - 2005) was an American, Rhode Island-based architect and children's books author. Sturges was trained at Princeton before working with the firm The Providence Partnership.[1]

Heralded for his Mid-Century Modern style, Sturges was often praised for his buildings' sensitivity to site and context.[2] The Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission noted in their 1981 report that Sturges' Bonanza Bus Terminal was "one of the most handsome complexes erected as part of urban renewal in the 1960s; it is particularly well suited to its site and lends an urbane note to the streetscape."[3] The complex was demolished soon afterward.

The Post Office in Bristol, built on a site formerly occupied by a house by famous Rhode Island Architect Russell Warren, incorporated features salvaged from the demolished Warren building in its design. Also in Bristol, his Old Stone Bank building incorporates reliefs by Hugh Townley in the facade design.[4]

Notable buildings include:

  • Bonanza Bus Terminal (1963) 1 Sabin Street, Providence (demolished)
  • US Post Office (1963) Hope Street, Bristol
  • Old Stone Bank (1965) Hope Street, Bristol (now Citizens Bank)
  • Biltmore Hotel renovations (1979) 1 Dorrance Street, Providence [5]

Sturges published his first book in 1995 and remained a prolific author until his death in 2005, publishing nearly one book per year.[6] He is the author of HarperCollins' I Love... series, including I Love Trains, I Love Planes, I Love Trucks, I Love Tools, I Love Bugs, and I Love School.


  1. ^ Zipf, Catherine (September 9, 2011). "A Bit of Homegrown Modern Architecture in Bristol - Catherine Zipf's Blog". Retrieved July 10, 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ McAreavey, Kathleen A. (Summer 2013). "Providence Takes a Closer Look at its Recent Past" (PDF). RPPN Bulletin 1 (3). Recent Past Preservation Network. p. 4. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bonanza Bus Terminal 1963 et seq." (PDF). Statewide Historical Preservation Report. Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission. 1981. p. 58. 
  4. ^ "Historic Bristol Walking Tour". Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Providence (PR)", (PDF), Brown University, p. 38  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Philemon Sturges". Retrieved July 10, 2013.