Nelson W. Aldrich House

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Nelson W. Aldrich House
Nelson Aldrich House edit1.jpg
Front elevation, 2008
Nelson W. Aldrich House is located in Rhode Island
Nelson W. Aldrich House
Location 110 Benevolent St., Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′30″N 71°23′46″W / 41.82500°N 71.39611°W / 41.82500; -71.39611Coordinates: 41°49′30″N 71°23′46″W / 41.82500°N 71.39611°W / 41.82500; -71.39611
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Rhode Island Historical Society
NRHP Reference # 76000040
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976[1]
Designated NHL December 8, 1976[2]

The Nelson W. Aldrich House, also known as the Dr. S. B. Tobey House, is a Federal-style house museum in Providence, Rhode Island that was the home of Nelson W. Aldrich, a U.S. Senator from 1881 to 1911.


Robert S. Burroughs hired John Holden Green to build the house in 1821. The house passed through several owners before Aldrich purchased it in the 1890s.[3] Aldrich was known for exerting control over the Republican Party at the turn of the twentieth century and creating the Federal Reserve Banking System. Aldrich's daughter, Abby, married John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller was named after his grandfather Aldrich. Winthrop Aldrich deeded the house to the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1974, and Aldrich House currently serves as the Society headquarters and offers changing Rhode Island historical displays.[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2][5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Nelson W. Aldrich House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ William G. McLoughlin, Rhode Island, a History, (W.W. Norton & Co. 1986), xix
  4. ^ Winthrop Aldrich records from RIHSLucy Aldrich Papers
  5. ^ George R. Adams and Ralph Christian (April, 1976). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Nelson W. Aldrich House PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1976 PDF (32 KB)

Winthrop Aldrich records from RIHS

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