On Sunday, March 26, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society will host a brown bag lunch for a talk about the work of Russell Warren, Rhode Island’s very own early 19th-century architect. David Harrington, in the persona of Russell Warren, will lead the discussion at the Society’s Headquarters at 48 Court Street. The Society will also have objects from its collection on display that are associated with Warren and his architecture, and will feature a continuing slide show of Warren’s local work in Bristol.
Architect Russell Warren was born in Tiverton and began designing and building Federal Style houses in Bristol in 1800, including the 1810 Linden Place mansion at 500 Hope Street. He later moved to South Carolina for a few years before returning to Providence, working there as well as in Bristol, Warren, Fall River, New Bedford, and New York. As architectural styles changed, so did Warren, who embraced the later Greek Revival temple house form; two of his high style examples still stand on Hope Street. Another excellent local example of his uniquely American style is the 1828 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Warren. Examples of Warren’s work are dotted around downtown Bristol and include the very romantic Longfield, also on Hope Street, an 1848 architectural example of Warren’s later Gothic Revival Style. The Society will have its dollhouse replica of Longfield on display.
Artist and historian David Harrington studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and historic preservation as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He has become a passionate advocate of Russell Warren and most recently worked closely with the RI Historical Society, the Providence Athenaeum, and Linden Place to put together a database of the famed architect’s work from libraries and repositories here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as New York and South Carolina.
Open to the public, tickets are $10 each and a light lunch will be provided. Please call the Society at 401-253-7223 for reservations and walk-ins are welcome.