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  • 1. Benefit Street

    Downtown | Neighborhood/Street

    The city's wealthiest families lived along the "mile of history" during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Home to a high concentration of Colonial...Read More

  • 2. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

    East Side | Museum/Gallery

    This museum houses more than 86,000 objects ranging from ancient art to work by contemporary artists from across the globe. Highlights include...Read More

  • 3. Brown University

    East Side | Educational Institution

    Founded in 1764, this Ivy League institution is the nation's seventh-oldest college and has more than 40 academic departments. On a stroll through...Read More

  • 4. First Baptist Church in America

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This historic house of worship was built in 1775 for a congregation originally established in 1638 by Roger Williams and his fellow Puritan...Read More

  • 5. First Unitarian Church of Providence

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This Romanesque house of worship made of Rhode Island granite was built in 1816. Its steeple houses a 2,500-pound bell, the largest ever cast...Read More

  • 6. Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum

    East Side | House/Mansion/Villa

    The two-term Rhode Island governor made his fortune selling textiles to both armies during the Civil War and spared no expense in building this...Read More

  • 7. John Brown House Museum

    East Side | House/Mansion/Villa

    Rhode Island's most famous 18th-century home was the stately residence of John Brown, a wealthy businessman, slave trader, politician, and China...Read More

  • 8. John Hay Library

    East Side | Library/Archive

    Built in 1910 and named for Abraham Lincoln's secretary, "the Hay" houses Brown University Library's collections of rare books and manuscripts...Read More

  • 9. Prospect Terrace

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    This pocket park offers arguably the most scenic views of Downcity, particularly in the fall, when the surrounding foliage plays spectacularly...Read More

  • 10. Providence Athenaeum

    East Side | Library/Archive

    Philadelphia architect William Strickland designed this 1838 Greek Revival building in which Edgar Allan Poe courted the poet Sarah Helen Whitman...Read More

  • 11. Thayer Street

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    Bustling Thayer Street bears a proud old New England name and is very much a part of life at Brown University. Gentrification has resulted in...Read More

  • 12. Wickenden Street

    East Side | Neighborhood/Street

    Named for a Baptist minister who was one of Providence's first settlers, this main artery in the Fox Point district is home to antiques stores...Read More

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