Public presentation on Child Street water facilities on March 24

Posted 3/18/22

The Warren Preservation Society is hosting a presentation by Ned Connors on “Warren’s Child Street Water Works: An Irreplaceable Riverfront Landscape” on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at …

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Public presentation on Child Street water facilities on March 24

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The Warren Preservation Society is hosting a presentation by Ned Connors on “Warren’s Child Street Water Works: An Irreplaceable Riverfront Landscape” on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Imago Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren.

The Bristol and Warren Water Works facility was opened to much public acclaim on June 4, 1908. The modern water pumping and filtration station at the Child Street facility on the banks of the Kickemuit River commenced the delivery of pure, hygienic drinking water to the residents and businesses of these two towns. After more than a century of service, these proud—and highly visible—structures that remain symbols of the civic development of Bristol County are in danger of demolition.

Over the last several decades Warren and Bristol have worked to transform underutilized and vacant 19th and 20th century industrial buildings into civic assets. The rehabilitation and reuse of these threatened examples of our shared architectural and engineering heritage is of great interest to those seeking to preserve our historical landscape and to advocate for sustainable communities.

Join historian and preservation consultant Ned Connors for an illustrated presentation on the beginnings of public water supply in Rhode Island and a discussion of the preservation issues associated with the survival and successful reuse of these historic buildings.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Warren Preservation Society’s website: www.preservewarren.org or email info@preservewarren.org.

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