The Russell Warren Digitization Project

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UPDATE: Thank you to the Rhode Island Foundation and Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate Fund Donor Advisor Herman Rose for the generous Media Project Grant of $953.28!

For the pilot project’s gallery page, click here.

In partnership with local historian David Harrington, the Rhode Island Historical Society is leading a collaborative effort with the help of the Providence AthenaeumLinden Place, and others to assemble a comprehensive database of digitized plans, drawings, and other documentation detailing the life and work of Tiverton-born architect Russell Warren.

Warren’s vision during the 19th century helped shape Bristol, Providence, and other cities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and beyond. His contributions include such iconic buildings as the Providence Arcade (in collaboration with James C. Bucklin), Manning Hall at Brown University, the Levi Gale House in Newport, the Nathan Durfee House in Fall River, and many more.

The mission of the Russell Warren Digitization Project is to make available in a single location the plans created by Russell Warren and the historical documents relating to his life, which are currently scattered across the region. By digitizing these records, we will welcome broader access to a major collection via one online catalog, while protecting the original materials from repeated physical use. Over the course of this project, the RIHS hopes that our efforts will encourage other members of the community to identify their own pieces of Russell Warren’s history, helping to draft a more complete picture of the prolific Rhode Island architect.  

You can help us make this ambitious digital archive happen by donating to its incremental progress today. Each piece’s scan will cost money, and we’ll be charged by the square foot. So, for instance, you yourself could fund the digital acquisition of “South Elevation, Weybosset St., ‘Russell Warren’s front for the Arcade,'” which measures 16.48 sq. ft., with a contribution of $280.

However, a donation in any amount will help cover logistics, labor, and other costs. Please click below to make yours!




Please contact Development Officer Corinne Barber with any questions about donating by emailing cbarber@rihs.org or calling (401) 331-8575 x135.