Apart from the few buildings mentioned for special attention, Water Street is fascinating for its variety. Its many late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century houses, even those that have been carelessly altered, offer interesting architectural details too numerous and incidental to mention here. Many have been converted from stores to residences, and a number that remain have become antique shops, intermixed with businesses catering to sailing and yachting, some dockside restaurants, and, finally, a fish processing plant, boat building, and a dock for excursion boats. Water Street appeals to the tourist; but, like Warren generally, does not appear to go much out of its way to do so. Essentially Water Street remains what it has always been, a street along which shops, residences, and manufacturing live together—and is well worth attention for this as well as architectural reasons.
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