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American Legion Post (Warren Armory)

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Warren Armory
1842. 10 Jefferson St.

The Warren Artillery, which won Pallas and Tantae for their foray against Dorr's ragged rebels, also gained from this action an armory. By upholding voting rights for non–property owners, Dorr's adherents frightened the Warren establishment into protecting itself against further rebellion by the erection of an armory. This one, in the toy castle style, is basically a cross-gabled T, except for the entrance gable, which thrusts toward the street with its tall portal conventionally framed in a pointed arch flanked by chunky octagonal and crenellated towers. Save for the cut granite frame around the portal itself, the rest of the front is stuccoed over, in the hope not so much of fooling the spectator as of directing thoughts toward the idea of impregnable cut stone walls. Asphalt shingling now tacked over the towers' wooden crenellation further reduces the armory's fortified demeanor, leaving only the irreducible (and charming) sign of its intended purpose.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "American Legion Post (Warren Armory)", [Warren, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-WN16.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 460-460.

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