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Harris Warehouse

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1855. 61 Railroad St.

Built by Edward Harris, who subsequently commissioned the Privilege Mill complex and the city's first major civic building (now Woonsocket City Hall), this gabled structure of rubble masonry with quoined corners and a brick cornice is exceptional for its unusual shape. Not the rectangular building one would expect, it is curved to accommodate a railroad spur that entered the building through a large opening made by the brick relieving arch to unload bales of raw wool, which were stored in the upper floors of this warehouse. Dentils under the cornice are a minimal architectural elegance in this otherwise functional building. It served a cluster of factory buildings in the immediate vicinity, most purchased from previous owners, which housed Harris's business when he began his career, before he built his Privilege Mill.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Harris Warehouse", [Woonsocket, 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, 236-236.

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