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Providence Athenaeum

  • 251 Benefit St. Map It
  • East Side
  • Library/Archive

Published 07/11/2016

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Philadelphia architect William Strickland designed this 1838 Greek Revival building in which Edgar Allan Poe courted the poet Sarah Helen Whitman; the collection here includes a Poe-signed periodical containing a piece he published anonymously. An 1870s Manet print that illustrated Poe's "The Raven" hangs in the rare book room, which also contains two medieval illuminated manuscripts. Raven signs are posted at eight points of interest on a self-guided library tour. Among them is a special cabinet modeled after an Egyptian temple, which houses the library's multivolume imperial edition of Description de l'Egypte (1809–22), commissioned by Napoléon.

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251 Benefit St., Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, USA

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Published 07/11/2016


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