Russell Warren (architect)
Warren was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island. He arrived in Bristol in 1800, and began to design and build unique Federal-style houses for the upper and middle class residents of that town. In 1823, Warren left Providence and went south to Georgetown, South Carolina, where he became a building contractor. In 1826 Warren moved back to Rhode Island, opening an architect's office in Providence. In 1828, he collaborated with fellow Providence architect James C. Bucklin of Tallman & Bucklin in the design of the Westminster Arcade, designing the Westminster Street facade. He joined Tallman & Bucklin formally in 1830, the firm becoming Warren, Tallman & Bucklin. This firm was dissolved the following year, although they occasionally collaborated in later years. Warren would become the foremost architect in southeastern New England, working as far away as Plymouth.
For a few months in 1835 and 1836, Warren worked with Alexander J. Davis in New York, who had recently left his partnership with Ithiel Town. The Congregational Church in New Bedford was conceived under Davis at this time, but was built by Warren after he had returned to Providence.
Warren continued in solo practice until 1846, when he took his son Osborn Warren as partner. The new firm was known as Russell Warren & Son, and lasted for two years, when Russell and Osborn are listed separately in the directory. From then until his death, Warren practiced independently. His commissions waned in the 1850s, owing to the emergence of other architects such as Thomas A. Tefft and Alpheus C. Morse.
Warren died in 1860.
In 1842, at the dedication at New Bedford of Warren's new Parker House, the president of the corporation said of Warren and Providence, "Her architects have made it a “City of Palaces”; she has furnished us with hosts who will give to the world a stranger’s welcome."
In Bristol, 1800-1823
- William van Doorn House, 86 State St., Bristol, RI (1807)
- Hey-Bonnie Hall (William DeWolf House), 127 Poppasquash Rd., Bristol, RI (1808) - Demolished 1944.
- Russell Warren House, 92 State St., Bristol, RI (1810)
- Thomas Nelson House, 82 State St., Bristol, RI (1810)
- Linden Place (George DeWolf House), 500 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1810)
- Benjamin Bosworth House, 515 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1815) - Demolished.
In Providence, 1826-1830
- Westminster Arcade, 130 Westminster St., Providence, RI (1827-28) - Designed in association with Tallman & Bucklin.
- Bristol County Courthouse, 441 County St., New Bedford, MA (1828-31)
- Westminster Congregational Church, 121 Mathewson St., Providence, RI (1828–29) - Later the Rialto Theatre. Mostly demolished.
- St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Lyndon St., Warren, RI (1829) - Altered.
- Joseph Grinnell House, 379 County St., New Bedford, MA (1830)
Warren, Tallman & Bucklin, 1830-1831
- Chatham County Courthouse, 133 Montgomery St., Savannah, GA (1830–33) - Demolished in 1889.
- City Hotel, 164 Weybosset St., Providence, RI (1831) - Demolished in 1903.
Private practice, 1831-1835 and 1836-1845
- Mechanics' and Merchants' Banks Building, 56-62 N. Water St., New Bedford, MA (1831) - Built as the home of these two competing institutions.
- Grace Episcopal Church, 175 Mathewson St., Providence, RI (1832) - Demolished only a decade later for the Upjohn church.
- Pilgrim Hall (Portico), 75 Court St., Plymouth, MA (1833-34) - The building stands, but Warren's portico was replaced in 1922.
- Elmhyrst (William Vernon, Jr. House), 23 Freeborn St., Middletown, RI (1833)
- North Christian Church, Purchase & Middle Sts., New Bedford, MA (1833) - Demolished 1923.
- St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1833) - Burned 1858.
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2679 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI (1833) - Altered.
- William R. Rodman House, 188 County St., New Bedford, MA (1833–36)
- John Avery Parker House, County & Pearl Sts., New Bedford, MA (1834) - Demolished c.1902.
- Levi H. Gale House, 89 Touro St., Newport, RI (1834)
- Manning Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI (1834)
- North Baptist Church, N. Baptist & Farewell Sts., Newport, RI (1834) - Demolished 1906.
- Linden Place (Remodeling), 500 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1834)
- Warren Ladies' Seminary, 340 Main St., Warren, RI (1834) - Burned in 1863.
- Zion Episcopal Church, 49 Touro St., Newport, RI (1834) - Later St. Joseph's, now the Jane Pickens Theatre. Altered.
- Grace Episcopal Church, Union St., New Bedford, MA (1835) - Demolished.
- First Congregational (Unitarian) Church, 71 8th St., New Bedford, MA (1836)
- John Fletcher House, 601 Hope St., Bristol, RI (c.1836) - Demolished.
- Edwin L. Kerrison House, 138 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC (1838)
- Francis M. Dimond House, 617 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1838)
- Josiah Talbot House, 647 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1838)
- New Bedford City Hall, 613 Pleasant St., New Bedford, MA (1839) - Now the Free Public Library.
- Rhode Island State Arsenal, 176 Benefit St., Providence, RI (1839)
- Smithville Seminary, 29 Institute Ln., North Scituate, RI (1839)
- Atlantic House, 141 Pelham St., Newport, RI (1840) - Demolished in 1876.
- Jonathan R. Bullock House, 15 John St., Bristol, RI (1840) - Moved from Hope Street in 1900, for construction of Belvedere Hotel. Altered.
- Mark Anthony DeWolf House, Poppasquash Neck, Bristol, RI (1840) - Burned 1919.
- Nathan Durfee House, Prospect St. at Rock, Fall River, MA (c.1840) - Demolished.
- Pearl Street Depot, Pearl St. between Purchase & Acushnet, New Bedford, MA (1840) - A rare Egyptian Revival design. Demolished 1886.
- William Foster House, 19 Charlesfield St., Providence, RI (1840) - Demolished.
- Parker House, 888-908 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA (1841-42) - Demolished.
- St. Patrick R. C. Church, Davis & State Sts., Providence, RI (1841) - Demolished in 1906.
- Joseph Durfee House, 456 Rock St., Fall River, MA (1843)
- Warren Baptist Church, 407 Main St., Warren, RI (1844)
- William Lindsey House, 373 N. Main St., Fall River, MA (1844)
- Athenaeum Row, 257-259-261-263-265 Benefit St., Providence, RI (c.1845)
Russell Warren & Son, 1846-1848
- Ocean House, 250-284 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI (1846) - Burned in 1898.
- Longfield (Charles D. Gibson House), 1200 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1848)
- Providence City Hall, 122 Weybosset St., Providence, RI (1848) - Not built.
Private practice, 1849-1860
- Jonathan R. Bullock House, 89 State St., Bristol, RI (1849) - Now a bed & breakfast, the Wissing House.
- Charles Smith House, 624 Main St., Warren, RI (c.1850)
- Henry Lippitt Duplex, 198-200 Hope St., Providence, RI (1855)
- Richard James Arnold House, 80 Rhode Island Ave., Newport, RI (1858) - Demolished.
Attributed to Warren
- John Howe House, 341 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1807) - Often called "The Four Eagles".
- David Augustus Leonard House, 366 Hope St., Bristol, RI (1806-07) - Known today as Leonard Place.
- George Devol House, 132 High St., Bristol, RI (1811)
- Stephen S. Fales House, 139 High St., Bristol, RI (1811)
- Bristol County Courthouse, 260 High St., Bristol, RI (1816) - Also attributed to John Holden Greene.
- Washington Bank Building, Dixon House Sq., Westerly, RI (1836) - Demolished.
- Alfred Bosworth House, 21 Federal St., Warren, RI (c.1840)
- Benjamin Barker House, 1229 Main Rd., Tiverton, RI (c.1840) - Demolished 1981.
- James D. Hathaway House, 311 Pine St., Fall River, MA (1843)
- William B. Spencer House, 2 Ames St., Phenix, RI (1847)
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