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Elder Samuel Maxwell–James Maxwell House

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1743. 59 Church St. (corner of South Water St.) (owned by the Massasoit Historical Association; open to the public)

Except for its attic gables, the earliest house extant on the waterfront is of brick instead of the usual clapboard, with large central chimney. It has a plain transomed door and narrow windows with tops abutting a blunt belt course downstairs and the eaves upstairs. James Maxwell, who was born here, after the Revolution became one of Warren's leading shipowners and merchants.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Elder Samuel Maxwell–James Maxwell 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, 456-456.

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