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Dow–Starr House

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1860. 366 Main St.

Early Gothic Revival houses are rare in Rhode Island; this is almost unique in Warren—and one of its grander houses. It has a cubic quality and authority comparable to that of Russell Warren's Italian villa at the other end of Main Street (see WN8). Its severity of handling in random masonry suggests the manner of the Warren Baptist Church, and the integral quoining of the corners of the rear ell is specifically similar. Could Russell Warren, therefore, also have designed this house? A cross gable centered in the front elevation cuts into the strongly projecting hipped roof with a decorated vergeboard which is characteristic of (if not exclusive to) the Gothic Revival. The most specific Gothic allusion here is in the projecting wooden entrance shelter, and this only in a minimal allusion to crenellation. Tudoresque hood moldings over the windows complete the “medieval” dressing.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Dow–Starr House", [Warren, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 464-464.

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