251 Benefit St.
Providence, Rhode Island
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The Providence Athenaeum is an independent member-supported library, open to the public and was founded in 1836. It is housed in a granite Greek Revival structure designed by William Strickland of Philadelphia, with additions by Norman Isham and Warren Platner. Stephen Hopkins, Moses Brown, and Silas Downer (who served as a librarian) were all active in the library in the Providence Library Company in the 18th century. In the nineteenth-century Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Whitman carried on their courtship in the stacks. The Sayles Gorham Children's Library features books, movies, music and programs for infants through teens. Changing exhibitions of rare books and artists' works are on display in the Charles and Deborah Philbrick Rare Book Library. The Athenaeum offers cultural programming, lectures, readings, theatrical presentations, musical performances, and more for all ages.
Listing Category: Listing in Travel Guide, Listing on Web
Guide Category: Heritage- Historic Sites
Access: Fire alarm signals for hearing impaired (H3), Special arrangements upon request (H1)
Family: Children's activities, Kid friendly
Method of Payment: Cash, Major credit cards, Personal checks
Restrictions: Pet friendly, Smoke free facility
Heritage Federal Registry: National Historic Landmark
Functions - Catering: Offsite
Functions - Services: A/V equipment, Computer access, Copy machine, Fax service, Internet, Printer, Wi-Fi