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Major Caleb Carr–Captain Caleb Carr House

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c. 1764, c. 1790. 317 Water St. (corner of Washington St.)
  • Major Caleb Carr–Captain Caleb Carr House (Richard W. Longstreth)

When this two-story, hip-roofed house was enlarged toward the end of the eighteenth century, it also acquired an elegant fanlighted door on each facade—one for household use, the other for tavern customers. Their identical frames, featuring Ionic pilasters, are intricately ornamented, on perhaps too small a scale for an architectural exterior. Captain Carr, the tavern owner, was also an important shipowner, leading citizen, and operator of the ferry to Barrington, which docked at the end of the street, then called Ferry Street, like its interrupted extension across the river. Remnants of the granite ferry docks remain at the waterline. With so many enterprises to his credit, the captain came to overshadow his father, the major, so the house is now popularly associated with the son.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Major Caleb Carr–Captain Caleb Carr 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, 456-457.

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