Brick Schoolhouse

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This article is about the historic building in Providence, RI. For the historic building in New Hampshire, see Brick Schoolhouse (Sharon, New Hampshire).
Brick Schoolhouse
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Brick Schoolhouse
Brick Schoolhouse is located in Rhode Island
Brick Schoolhouse
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′43″N 71°24′34″W / 41.82861°N 71.40944°W / 41.82861; -71.40944Coordinates: 41°49′43″N 71°24′34″W / 41.82861°N 71.40944°W / 41.82861; -71.40944
Built 1768
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
Part of College Hill Historic District (#70000019)
NRHP Reference # 72000038 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 5, 1972
Designated NHLDCP November 10, 1970

The Brick Schoolhouse (also known as the Meeting Street School or Providence Preservation Society) is an historic colonial meeting house and school at 24 Meeting Street in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island.


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 Revolutionary War. 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.[2] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It 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.

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