Shakespeare Hall

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Shakespeare Hall
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Shakespeare Hall is located in Rhode Island
Shakespeare Hall
Shakespeare Hall is located in the US
Shakespeare Hall
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′20″N 71°24′36″W / 41.82222°N 71.41000°W / 41.82222; -71.41000Coordinates: 41°49′20″N 71°24′36″W / 41.82222°N 71.41000°W / 41.82222; -71.41000
Built 1838
Architect Tallman & Bucklin
Architectural style Greek Revival
Part of Downtown Providence Historic District (#84001967)
NRHP Reference # 79000002 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 18, 1979
Designated CP February 10, 1984

Shakespeare Hall (also known as Ballou, Johnson & Nichols; Sprague—Knight Building) is an historic commercial building at 128 Dorrance Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. It is a six-story masonry structure, originally built as a three-story Greek Revival structure in 1838 to a design by Tallman & Bucklin. Its main facade has retained the massive granite pilasters and five-bay configuration from this period. Originally built to house a theater, the building suffered a massive fire in 1844, leaving only its exterior shell standing. It was afterward rebuilt to its present height, and a separate brick building at its rear was incorporated into its structure in the late 19th century. It was used as a warehouse in the 1860s, and has also housed light industrial operations.[2] Today, the building is used largely for law office space.

The hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Shakespeare Hall" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-29.