Warren Town Hall // 1890

The grand Town Hall building in Warren, Rhode Island was built in 1890 by designs from Providence architectural firm of William R. Walker & Son. William Russell Walker (1830-1905) was one of the most prominent – if not the most prominent – architect in the cities and towns around Providence in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Walker established himself as an architect after the Civil War, where he designed many mills, large homes and commercial buildings all over the region.

Warren Town Hall is in the idiosyncratic Walker mélange of Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival styles he repeated across the state for the many public building commissions the firm designed for several decades around the turn of the 20th century. The building was basically untouched until the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, when winds damaged the tower, causing it to be slightly reduced in height and design. The amazing blending of styles and materials including: brick, granite and terra cotta together work to make the eclectic building one of the finest in town.