Immediately east of downtown, you'll find College Hill, where you can see the city's colonial history reflected in the 18th-century...
Stephen Hopkins House
Immediately east of downtown Providence, you’ll find College Hill, where you can see the city’s colonial history reflected in the...
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Perhaps the top art school in the United States, RISD's imprint on Providence is easily felt. From public statuary to film performances,...
Cable Car Cinema
This theater screens offbeat and foreign films. Inside, patrons sit on couches. The attached sidewalk cafe brews excellent coffee and...
Every bit as good as they say, this New American bistro has a seasonal menu featuring dishes like rabbit loin with sweet pea sauce,...
251 Benefit St · interesting places nearby
Providence Athenaeum information
Immediately east of downtown, you’ll find College Hill, where you can see the city’s colonial history reflected in the multihued 18th-century houses that line Benefit Street on the East Side. Benefit St is a fitting symbol of the Providence renaissance, rescued by local preservationists in the 1960s from misguided urban-renewal efforts that would have destroyed it. Its treasures range from the 1708 Stephen Hopkins House , named for the ten-time governor and Declaration of Independence signer, to the clean Greek Revival lines of William Strickland’s 1838 Providence Athenaeum . This is a library of the old school, with plaster busts and oil paintings filling in spaces not occupied by books. Edgar Allen Poe used to court ladies here.