Samuel Randall House


Samuel Randall House 

The Samuel Randall House at 31 Baker Street


The Warren Preservation Society owned the Samuel Randall House at 31 Baker Street from 1998-2019.  When the organization purchased the building in 1998 it had aluminum siding and most of the architectural details had been removed.  WPS received a Rhode Island State grant to do an architectural survey of the property.  Lombard Pozzi, a local architect who specialized in historic architecture, was hired and the survey was completed in 2001.

In 2005, with existing funds and a private loan, WPS was able to begin structural repairs to the building.  Using the architectural survey, WPS realized that it was critical to address the roof and leaks in order to prevent further damage. First, one of the four chimneys was restored, and the roof was replaced in 2006.  Next, the interior stairway and hallway was restored, and a number of the apartments were painted and updated.  Finally, in the summer of 2008 the massive effort to restore the building's exterior began.  The clapboard, window frames, and soffits were repaired by Scott's Woodworking of Warren.  Jonathan Glatt produced 100 hand carved corbels for the exterior facade and the building was painted.  The heating system was updated with five high-efficiency gas units and energy saving updates were made to the electrical system.

Currently the house contains five apartment units. Most have been upgraded with new kitchens and bathrooms over the past five years.  The grounds have been landscaped with a beautiful garden on the east side of the property.  In the summer of 2017, the exterior of the house was painted and repairs were made to the clapboard and windows.  Insulation was added to some of the exterior walls during this process.  The garage and the monitor have also been completely restored.

In 2019, with almost all of the restoration on the property completed, WPS decided it was time to return the building to private ownership.  Maintaining and operating a building the size of the Randall House was a challenging and rewarding task for our organization. We would like to extend our gratitude to our members and the tenants, architects, contractors, electricians, roofers, painters, plumbers, landscapers, gardeners, etc. that made this restoration a reality.  We wish the new owners the best of luck with their new piece of Warren history!  The proceeds from the sale of the Samuel Randall House will be used to fund future projects and programs.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to read a brief history of the historic Samuel Randall House.

Samuel Randall House in 1998 prior to restoration



Exterior painting and restoration
Historic House Marker 

Orignial article in the Warren Times Gazette in December 1998


History 

The Samuel Randall House at 31 Baker Street, built shortly after 1808, is a structure with classic Federal era proportions.  The house was built for Patty Maxwell, the daughter of James Maxwell, a wealthy ship merchant and her husband Samuel Randall.

Samuel Randall was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, in 1778, and graduated from Brown University in 1804.  He studied law before moving to Warren, where he took charge of a school before entering the printing business and becoming postmaster, a position held held from 1811 to 1845.  He also served as Warren's Town Clerk, retiring from service in 1860.  He died on March 5, 1864.

It is a 3-story dwelling with a hip roof and monitor, two rebuilt chimneys, central entry with a bracketed hood.  It retains its original window patterns, five windows aligned horizontally and three vertically, in symmetrical rows, the lower two floors with large, double-hung windows with twelve panes of glass, those above, on the third floor, with six-over-six paned windows, the panes on all of them separated by thin window supports, or muntins.

The residential structure was a handsome building, erected during the Federal era, between 1783 and 1814, a formative time of American history.  The American Federal style is directly related to mid 17th century architecture of England.  In the United States, especially in the maritime towns of the Atlantic Seaboard, with their close mercantile ties to England, the Federal style found its greatest popularity with the wealthy, sea-trading merchants.