Aldrich Mansion

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Aldrich Mansion is a late 19th-century property owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence since 1939. It is located by the scenic Narragansett Bay in Warwick, Rhode Island, south of Providence, Rhode Island.

Brief history[edit]

The estate was originally built and owned by Senator Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island and consisted of over 225 acres. The construction of the estate began in 1896 and was completed some 16 years later. In 1901 Abby Aldrich married John D. Rockefeller, Jr. at the mansion. In 1939, the Senator’s heirs transferred the Aldrich Mansion and 100 acres to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence for approximately $75,000. Our Lady of Providence Seminary relocated to the Aldrich Mansion in 1946. In 1955 a 100,000+ sq. ft. school was built to house the Seminary.

The estate is currently set on 72 acres. It consists of the French-inspired mansion, a gate house, 10,000 sq. ft. stables, a 7,500 sq. ft. boathouse, a 15,000 sq. ft. seminary chapel, as well as the seminary's classrooms, dormitories, gymnasium, and dining facilities. The seminary was relocated to Providence some years ago. The facilities are currently leased to the Overbrook Academy, a Catholic boarding school for girls.

It was William Parrish's mansion in the 1998 motion picture Meet Joe Black.[1]

Usage today[edit]

Still owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, the Aldrich Mansion is currently used for wedding receptions, conferences, fund raisers, as well as occasional television and film production work.


It is estimated that the Estate is worth around US $10 million.


  1. ^ Meet Joe Black (1998) - DVD Bonus Features: Spotlight on Location

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Coordinates: 41°40′53.41″N 71°22′36.17″W / 41.6815028°N 71.3767139°W / 41.6815028; -71.3767139