Built with a donation from Dr. Oliver H. Arnold (class of 1865), Arnold Laboratory was designed as lab space for the biological sciences. Currently, the building houses many of the administrative offices of the Division of Biology and Medicine.
Named for faculty member and physicist Carl Barus and engineer Alexander Lyman Holley (class of 1853), Barus and Holley is home to the University's Physics Department and School of Engineering. At opening, the seven story building contained approximately 130 offices and over 80 labs. The later addition of Giancarlo Labs to the engineering complex added more laboratory and research space.
Originally built for Nancy Bishop, the University acquired the house in 1977 and named the building in honor of Edward W. Kassar. Gould Laboratory, a brick addition to the house, was built in 1982, providing additional laboratory and classroom space for the Computer Sciences Department. In 1990, Kassar House was integrated into a new building for the Mathematics Department designed by William Kite Architects.
The Computing Laboratory was built to house an IBM7070 computer. The building was reassigned for the use of the Applied Mathematics Division with the opening of the Center for Information Technology in 1988.
The newest building in the engineering complex, the Giancarlo Laboratories bears the name Charles H. Giancarlo (class of 1979) of Cisco Systems, Inc.. The laboratory provides the main entrance into the engineering buildings and adjoins the Barus and Holley Building and Prince Engineering Laboratory. Contained inside are state of the art labs, including the main engineering student computing facility.
In 1953, Walter Raymond Turner (class of 1911) donated a 5-acre (20,000 m2) plot of land (as well as an easement to access the land from Route 101) atop Jerimoth Hill to the University. At 812 feet (247 m) above sea level, a rock outcropping on the Jerimoth Hill property is the highest natural point in the state of Rhode Island. The property is used by the Physics Department for astronomy courses and is largely undeveloped, containing only small sheds that house astronomy equipment.
Part of the engineering complex, Prince Engineering Laboratory is named for Frank John Prince (director of the Universal Match Corporation of St. Louis) and is home to research in structure and materials, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.
Purchased in 2005, 121 South Main Street is an 11 story building located along the Providence River in Providence's central business district. Originally constructed for the Old Stone Corporation, the building currently serves largely as a commercial property. As leases expire, the University has been expanding academic departments into the free space, including the Program in Public Health, the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, the Department of Community Health, the Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology, and the Center for Statistical Sciences.
26 Benevolent is home to the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, created in 1975 and named for nineteenth-century educator Sarah Doyle. The center offers many services, including lectures, discussions, films and forums relating to women's issues, as well as a gallery.
Located in the Jewelry District, 3 Davol Square is home to the administrative systems groups of Computing and Information Services. The Help Desk, Service & Repair and computer operations are located in the Watson Center of Information Technology. (leased space)
Originally built by the Phenix Iron Foundry and once on the Providence Preservation Society's "Most Endangered Properties List", Brown University has since restored 110 Elm Street, where the Development Office is now located. (leased space)
25 George Street is home to the Swearer Center for Public Service, named in honor of Howard Robert Swearer, which opened in 1986 to provide support programs and resources to allow students to integrate public service into their education.
A four story building surrounded by the four Grad Center residence halls, Grad Center E is home to the Office of Summer & Continuing Studies, contains an athletic and recreational center named the Bear's Lair, and also is home to the Brown University Faculty and Graduate School Club (better known as the Graduate Center Bar).
Hoppin House, named for Thomas P. Hoppin, is home to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Founded by the Annenberg Foundation, the Annenberg Institute aims to help urban communities, schools and districts build smart school systems that provide both excellent education and equitable opportunities for every student. The house has been listed with the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
Maddock Alumni Center is located in the former home of Chancellor William Goddard (class of 1846). Goddard's daughter deeded the house to the University in 1940, and in 1974, the center was named in honor of Paul L. Maddock (class of 1933), the principal donor in its restoration. The building is currently occupied by the Alumni Relations.
Originally built for Francis W. Goddard, Nicholson House is named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Nicholson, president of the Nicholson File Company and former owner of the house. Currently, Nicholson house is home to Public Affairs and University Relations. 71 George Street.
Rhode Island Hall, so named because the majority of the funds for erecting the building came from Rhode Island residents, was originally built to house classrooms and laboratory space for the Departments of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, and Natural History. The building currently houses the Office of International Programs and Psychological Services.
Perry, Shaw and Hepburn (1939 renovation)
The first building of Brown University, University Hall was originally called the "College Edifice." Until 1832, the building housed the entire institution, containing residential rooms, lecture and recitation rooms, a chapel, a library, and a dining hall. Currently, University Hall is home to several administrative offices, including the President's office, the Office of the Provost, Office of the Registrar, and the Dean of the College. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
The Annmary Brown Memorial is home to exhibits of European and American paintings from the 17th through the 20th centuries as well as the a Mazansky British Sword Collection. Rush Hawkins built the memorial in memory of his wife, Annmary Brown Hawkins (granddaughter of Nicholas Brown), both of whom are entombed in a crypt at the rear of the memorial.
The John Carter Brown Library, named for John Carter Brown (the son of Nicholas Brown), is an independently funded research library of the humanities housing one of the world's finest collections of rare books and maps relating to the European discovery, exploration, settlement, and development of the New World until circa 1820.
The second library built by Brown University (the first being Robinson Hall, now home to the Economics Department), the John Hay Library served as the main library of the University until the completion of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library. The library, named for John Hay (class of 1858), now houses the University's special collections and the University Archives.
Named for Benton B. Orwig (class of 1920), the Orwig Music Center is home to the Virginia Baldwin Orwig Music Library, which houses the general music collection, including music books, scores, periodicals, sound recordings, videotapes and microforms.
The East Campus was originally the main campus location of Brown's former neighbor Bryant College. Brown purchased Bryant's campus in 1969 for $5.0 million when the latter school moved to a new campus in Smithfield, Rhode Island. This added 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land adjacent to Brown's existing campus. In 1971, the area formerly occupied by Bryant was officially designated as East Campus.
Originally the administration building for Bryant College and named Taft House for its first owner Robert W. Taft, King House was renamed in 1974 in honor of Lida Shaw King, former dean of Pembroke College. Currently, the building serves as a residence hall and home to one of the University's program houses, St. Anthony's Hall.
Opened as Gardner Hall for Bryant College, the residence hall was later renamed Perkins Hall in 1974 in honor of Judge Fred B. Perkins (class of 1919). Today the building is occupied nearly entirely by freshman.
Keeney Quadrangle (originally named West Quadrangle) opened in 1957 as, in the words of President Barnaby Keeney, a place "to provide a dignified and happy home for the independents." The quadrangle was dedicated to Keeney in 1982.
Containing 6 houses, the quadrangle houses approximately 585 students.
Thomas Mott Shaw
Named for Raymond Clare Archibald, professor of mathematics from 1909 to 1943, Archibald House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
Named for Walter Cochrane Bronson (class of 1887), professor of English from 1892 to 1927, Bronson House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
Named for Walter Goodnow Everett (class of 1885), professor of Latin, philosophy, and natural theology from 1890 to 1930, Everett House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
Named for John Franklin Jameson, professor of history from 1888 to 1901, Jameson House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
Named for Albert Davis Mead, professor biology from 1895 to 1930 and vice-president of the University from 1925 to 1936, Mead House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
Named for William Carey Poland (class of 1868), professor of classics from 1870 to 1892 and professor of art history from 1892 to 1950, Poland House is primarily a freshman hall, containing mostly double occupancy rooms. Single occupancy rooms are assigned to upperclassmen.
The second residence hall to be built for the Women's College, Metcalf Hall was built with a donation from Stephen O. Metcalf. The hall is built directly opposite of Miller Hall, the first residence hall for the Women's College.
Miller Hall, named for Mr. and Mrs. Horace G. Miller who provided funds to build the hall, is a colonial style building of brick with white limestone trim and was the first residence hall built for the Women's College.
Wriston Quadrangle, built from 1950 to 1952, consists of 9 residential buildings bordered by George Street, Thayer Street, Charlesfield Street, and Brown Street. Fifty-one buildings in total were razed to make space for the development. The buildings were designed to house a fraternity on each end of the building, with independents living in the rooms in between.
At the time the quad was built, many (though not all) of the University's fraternities were in financial trouble and membership numbers struggled due to the limited number of civilian students on campus (much of the University's housing at the time was used for students in the Armed Forces training program). In return for University housing in Wriston Quadrangle, the fraternities were compelled to deed their privately owned houses (many in disrepair) to the University.
The quad still houses the majority of the University's fraternities, sororities, and program houses.
Perry, Shaw and Hepburn
Buxton House is named for Colonel G. Edward Buxton, Jr. (class of 1902), who was Chairman of the Housing and Development Campaign for Wriston Quadrangle. The house is currently home to Buxton International House, one of Brown's program houses.
Chapin House is named for Dr. Charles V. Chapin (class of 1876), professor of Physiology. Chapin was Superintendent of Health in Providence for 48 years and pioneered modern methods of treating infectious diseases in the Providence City Hospital.Chapin House is home to both the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and Harambee House, one of Brown's program houses.
Diman House is named for Jeremiah Lewis Diman (class of 1851), professor of History at the University. The building is home to both the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and Interfaith House, one of Brown's program houses.
Goddard House is named for William Giles Goddard (class of 1812), professor of Moral Philosophy and Metaphysics and of "Belles-Lettres" and Trustee and Fellow of the University. Goddard House is home to the Alpha Delta Phi Society and Delta Phi Fraternity.
Harkness House is named for Professor Albert Harkness (class of 1842), professor of Classics and a Fellow of the University from 1904 to 1907. Harkness House is home to both Technology House and Art House, two of Brown's program houses.
Marcy House is named for William L. Marcy (class of 1808), Comptroller of the State of New York, U.S. Senator, Governor of New York for three terms, Secretary of War, and U.S. Secretary of State. Marcy House is houses both the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and the Zeta Delta Xi Fraternity.
Olney is named for Richard Olney (class of 1856), Attorney General to President Cleveland and U.S. Secretary of State. Olney House is home to the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Delta Tau Fraternity, and Cooking House, one of Brown's program houses.
Wayland House is named for Francis Wayland, president from 1827 to 1855. The first floor of Wayland House is occupied by the Office of Residential Life and the Office of Auxiliary Housing. The doubles on the upper floors are used to house freshman; the singles and fourth floor suites are occupied by upperclassmen. The building is also the home of the Jabberwocks of Brown University, the school's oldest male a cappella group, who maintain their practice room and headquarters in the basement of North Wayland.
Originally built by Robert Purkis and deeded to Brown University in 1946, the home was originally located across the street and moved to its current location in 1950, coinciding with the construction of Wriston Quadrangle. Currently, the house is occupied by a member of the University's Faculty Fellow program.
Acquired by Brown in 1969 as part of the purchase of the former site of Bryant College, 71-73 Charlesfield Street was renovated in 2006-2007 to contain 18 studio apartments and two one-bedroom apartments for use by first year graduate students. Until 1997, the house had been known as Milhous and used by the Brown Association for Cooperative Housing.
Originally built for James Coats and later serving as the Governor's Mansion, the University purchased the building in 1922 and named it in honor of President E. Benjamin Andrews. Andrews House is now home to Brown's infirmary and Health Services.
Located on the corner of Prospect and Waterman Streets, Carrie Tower is a 95-foot (29 m) tall monument named in honor of Caroline Mathilde Brown, granddaughter of Nicholas Brown. Carved into the granite foundation is the inscription "Love is Strong as Death."
James C. Bucklin; Stone and Carpenter (1891 addition)
The Cabinet Building, so named as it was built as the "Cabinet" of the Rhode Island Historical Society, was acquiered by the University in 1942 and currently houses the Population Studies and Training Center.
The Central Heat Plant provides heat for over 90 buildings on the University's campus. Undergoing renovations from 2005–2008, President Ruth Simmons announced that the plant would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels by 30% by fiscal year 2008.
50 John Street is used as a storage facility for the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. In 2003, the space was renovated to accommodate the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance and the Theatre Consortium. The facility is equipped as a professional shop and supports set design and construction for the Department's mainstage productions.
Originally built for Joseph Haile, Gardner house bears the name of George Warren Gardner, M.D. (class of 1894) and his wife, Jessie Barker Gardner (class of 1896), the couple who restored the house back to its original condition. Gardner House serves as the guest house for the President of Brown University, lodging distinguished guests and visiting dignitaries.
Built for Colonel Joseph Nightingale, the Nightingale-Brown House was purchased by Nicholas Brown in 1814 and housed members of the Brown family until 1985. The house is now preserved as the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Originally the barn on the estate of Charles T. Aldrich (class of 1877) and Henry L. Aldrich (class of 1876), Pembroke Field House opened in 1938 after renovation financed by various University classes. Currently, the field house is used as a function hall.
Nicknamed "the Ratty" by students, Sharpe Refectory is Brown's largest dining hall. It is located on Wriston Quad near the center of campus. Food service is all-you-care-to-eat with several hot and cold food stations available at each meal. Several times each semester, the Ratty features theme meals complete with decoration. Payment can be made via meal plan credits or Flex points, cash, or Brown card cash equivalents (declining balance).
Brown University owns several properties that are not yet used to support the institution's mission. These properties are leased to businesses until such time that the University expands into the buildings.
83-85 Benevolent Street
83-85 Benevolent Street is currently occupied by Oliver's Grille & Bar.
248-254 Brook Street is currently occupied by East Side Mini Mart, Bagel Gourmet, and Squire Cleaners & Tailors. In October 2003, the University announced that the Providence Police District 9 Substation would be located, rent free, in the mall.
Opened as Brown University Field, Brown Stadium is home to the University's football and outdoor track teams. The stadium is located approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) from main campus and has a capacity of approximately 20,000.
Named in honor of George V. Meehan, Meehan Auditorium holds an ice rink for intercollegiate hockey games and also serves as a venue for large indoor events. The auditorium holds 2100, increasing to 5000 when temporary seating covers the ice surface.
Named for Joseph Olney and Moe Price Margolies (both class of 1936), the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center contains space for basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, a six-lane 200-meter track, batting and golf cages, and long jump, high jump, and pole vault pits. There is also a 1.8-acre (7,300 m2) playing field located on the roof.
The Pizzitola Sports Center, named for Paul Bailey Pizzitola (class of 1981), holds the University's courts for basketball, volleyball, and squash as well as facilities for wrestling and gymnastics and four tennis courts. The main competition court seats approximately 2,800.
The Smith Swimming Center, named for H. Stanton Smith (class of 1921), was home to the University's swimming and diving programs. In 2007, the center was deemed unsafe due to "irreversible deterioration" in the strength of the support members of the roof structure. Plans are being drawn for a replacement facility.