Providence Landmarks Tour (Self Guided), Providence

Providence is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Providence River, nearly as old as the United States themselves. It has many interesting historic and architectural landmarks. Take this tour to visit some of Providence's most notable sights.
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Providence Landmarks Tour Map

Guide Name: Providence Landmarks Tour
Guide Location: USA » Providence (See other walking tours in Providence)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Providence Performing Arts Center
  • Rhode Island Convention Center
  • Kennedy Plaza
  • Market House
  • Bayard Ewing Building
  • Samuel B. Mumford House
  • Prospect Terrace Park and statue of Roger Williams
  • Shakespeare's Head
  • Brick School House
  • Old Court Bed & Breakfast
  • Sullivan Dorr House
  • Sarah Helen Whitman House
Providence Performing Arts Center

1) Providence Performing Arts Center (must see)

The Providence Performing Arts Center is a multi-use theatre located at 220 Weybosset Street. The building was a Loew's State Movie Palace and opened in 1928. Providence Performing Arts Center contains over 3000 seats and hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, plays, films, and a variety of performers.

The theatre was almost torn down in the late 1970s. But it survived and, beginning in 1999 was extensively remodeled and largely restored to its original 1928 opulence. Providence Performing Arts Center now anchors the Providence arts and entertainment district and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Loew's State Theatre.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rhode Island Convention Center

2) Rhode Island Convention Center

The Rhode Island Convention Center is an exposition center in downtown Providence. Built in 1994, it is the largest convention center in Rhode Island, with about 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of exhibition space, including a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) exhibit hall. It is connected to the Dunkin Donuts Center. It is also adjacent to the Westin Hotel Providence. The center currently houses a mural painted by Jeffery Gutterman.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kennedy Plaza

3) Kennedy Plaza

Kennedy Plaza, originally known as City Hall Park, was built in 1848. The name changed to Kennedy Plaza in 1964. The plaza is beautiful and full of life. Adjacent to Kennedy Plaza are Providence City Hall, Providence Federal Building, Burnside Park, the Bank of America skating center and other important buildings. Several statues and memorials are located on the plaza, including the Spanish American War Memorial.
Market House

4) Market House

Market House is an historic market house in Market Square. The house was built in 1775. Originally, the bottom level of the structure was used as a market and the upper level was used for holding meetings in the tradition of English public market buildings. Similar buildings existed in other American cities, such as Faneuil Hall in Boston and the Old Brick Market in Newport. Providence's Market House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bayard Ewing Building

5) Bayard Ewing Building

The Bayard Ewing Building is an amazing example of a commercial building designed in the Greek Revival style. The structure was built in 1848, and over the years, it has served as office space for a variety of companies. In 1977 the Rhode Island School of Design renovated the building, and it is now used to host exhibitions.
Samuel B. Mumford House

6) Samuel B. Mumford House

The Samuel B. Mumford House was built in 1825 and was moved to its current location in 1959. The house is famous, because it was the last residence of local writer H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft based Robert Bloch’s house in his book “The Haunter of the Dark” on his Providence home.
Prospect Terrace Park and statue of Roger Williams

7) Prospect Terrace Park and statue of Roger Williams (must see)

Prospect Terrace Park is located on Congdon Street in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence. The park, founded in 1867, overlooks the city's "downcity." Author and Providence native H. P. Lovecraft frequently visited the park.

A statue of theologian Roger Williams was built in the late 1930s after Williams' descendant Stephen Randall made a deed of gift for the monument. The 35-foot stone statue commemorates Williams' founding of the state of Rhode Island and his promotion for religious freedom. The statue depicts Williams gazing over the city.

In 1939, Roger Williams remains were moved into a tomb that lies directly beneath the statue. His body had been overgrown by the roots of an apple tree next to his original grave. The roots grew over the form of his body, so that it looked identical to a human form. The remainder of his bones were reburied in a bronze casket and placed beneath his statue in Prospect Terrace. The so-called "William's Root" is preserved and is now on display at the John Brown House Museum on the East Side of Providence.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shakespeare's Head

8) Shakespeare's Head

Shakespeare's Head was built in 1772 by John Carter, the publisher of Providence's first newspaper. In 1938, after a devastating hurricane, the house and the surrounding garden were completely redesigned by landscape architect James Graham in the Colonial Revival style. Today the house is the property of the Shakespeare's Head Association and is the headquarters of the Providence Preservation Society and Junior League of Rhode Island. The name of the house comes from a bust of Shakespeare that was on display inside while John Carter lived here.
Brick School House

9) Brick School House

The Brick Schoolhouse (Meeting Street School or Providence Preservation Society) is an historic colonial meeting house and school at 24 Meeting Street. The school was built in 1768 to serve as a school and meeting place for town meetings. When Brown University moved from Warren to Providence in 1770, the building temporarily housed the school and classes were again held at the school after University Hall housed French troops during the American Revolution.

In the 1790s a group of Rhode Islanders led by John Howland successfully advocated for free public schools, and started one of the first free public schools in 1800 within the Brick Schoolhouse at 24 Meeting Street. Over the next two centuries the building housed various schools including "a school for black children, a cooking school, and a fresh air school for tubercular children, the first such program in America.

From 1946 to 1957, the Meeting Street School met in the Brick Schoolhouse" educating children with cerebral palsy. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The building currently serves as the headquarters for the Providence Preservation Society, a group founded in 1958, which hosts various educational and community events at the property.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Court Bed & Breakfast

10) Old Court Bed & Breakfast

Old Court Bed & Breakfast was first built in 1863 by Alpheus Morse. It is a beautiful Victorian-style building that is full of lovely 19th-century furniture. Some people believe that local writer H.P. Lovecraft based the home of Dr. Elihu Whipple in his book "The Shunned House" on this bed & breakfast.
Sullivan Dorr House

11) Sullivan Dorr House

The Sullivan Dorr House was built from 1809 to 1810 and was designed by John Holden Greene. The house is a mixture of Palladian, Georgian, and Gothic styles. It belonged to the famous Providence family, the Dorrs. The house is located on land that once belonged to Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Providence in 1636. Williams was initially buried here, but his remains were later moved to Prospect Terrace Park.
Sarah Helen Whitman House

12) Sarah Helen Whitman House

The Sarah Helen Whitman House, also known as the John Reynolds House, was built between 1783 and 1792. The building is famous for being the home of Sarah Helen Whitman, a woman who writer Edgar Allan Poe once courted. Whitman was a poet and essayist herself. The house is located next to the Cathedral of St. John.

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