John Brown House (Providence, Rhode Island)
John Brown House
Front elevation and west profile in 2008
|Location||52 Power St., Providence, Rhode Island|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Governing body||Rhode Island Historical Society|
|Part of||College Hill Historic District (#70000019)|
|NRHP Reference #||68000007|
|Added to NRHP||November 24, 1968|
|Designated NHL||November 24, 1968|
|Designated NHLDCP||November 10, 1970|
The John Brown House is the first mansion built in Providence, Rhode Island. It is located at 52 Power Street on College Hill, and borders the campus of Brown University. The house is named after the original owner and one of the early benefactors of the University, the early American merchant, statesman and slave trader, John Brown. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1968.
The house was sold in 1901 to the prominent Rhode Island industrialist and banker Marsden J. Perry. Under Marsden's supervision, the extension was renovated to add in modern bathrooms and central heating systems. It was purchased by John Nicholas Brown in 1936.
In 1942, the Brown family donated the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society for preservation. The house was restored to its original colonial decor. The museum now contains many original furniture pieces provided by the Brown family estate.
The house is a three-story brick structure, with a hip roof topped by a flat section. Both the main roof line and that of the flat section are ringed by a low balustrade. Four chimneys rise from the sides of the house, and its main entrance is in a center projecting section, topped by small triangular pediment. The entry is sheltered by a portico supported by sandstone Doric columns. Above this portico is a Palladian window. The interior of the house follows a traditional Georgian plan, with a central hallway flanked by two rooms on either side. The hall is a particularly grand one, with engaged columns on which architectural busts are mounted, and a two-stage stairwell with an ornate twisting banister. Richly detailed woodwork is evident in all of the public rooms. Eleven of the building's twelve mantelpieces are original.
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- Media related to John Brown House (Providence, Rhode Island) at Wikimedia Commons
- Rhode Island Historical Society - John Brown House
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. RI-75, "John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, Providence County, RI", 16 photos, 2 data pages, 1 photo caption page, supplemental material