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Burton Primary School

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1848. 140 High St.

A simple gabled roof carried on sturdy rubble walls and a single Gothic-arched window provide the essentials of this laconic two-room building, which served as an elementary school into the 1950s. Subsequently it served as the Bristol Historical Society and then as a union hall, during which time its twin entrances were infilled.

High Street preserves its historic fabric at least as far as the Town Common and deserves to be walked in its entirety. It includes several handsome Federal houses, including two that have been attributed to Russell Warren: the George Devol House at number 132 (1811) and the Stephen S. Fales House at number 139 (1809), both somewhat altered. Also noteworthy is the William Bradford House at number 154 (1808) with its fine pedimented entrance, a transitional example in which the elliptical fanlight of modern Federal taste is incorporated into the durable colonial type of doorway.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Burton Primary School", [Bristol, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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