Charles Lovatt Bevins (1844-1925) was an unlikely figure to have such a prominent role in establishing the architectural character of Jamestown. For starters, he was English, having been born in Manchester in 1844. No record has been found of his architectural training or of any commissions in the United Kingdom, but, before he immigrated to Boston in 1878, he was a practicing architect in New Brighton, England, near Liverpool. Interestingly, New Brighton was a summer resort accessed by ferry from Liverpool, giving it some semblance to Jamestown. Bevins’s work is less recognized than it might be because his buildings differ so much from one another. Most of Bevins’s forty-six known buildings were on Conanicut. His designs were mostly for summer cottages, large and small, but also included churches, a hotel, and an office block.
Buttrick, James C.
"Charles Lovatt Bevins, Jamestown’s English Architect,"
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