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Thomas Aldrich House

Photographer/Creator

Thomas Aldrich

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Date

Spring 3-1974

Description

Woodward describes the Thomas Aldrich House as an asymmetrical four bay Federal style house. It was moved to Power Street from 39 Benevolent Street in 1950 to make room for the Wriston Quadrangle of Brown University. While it was built by Aldrich, a painter, the house was occupied by Sarah Helen Whitman as a literary salon, seance parlor and sanitarium for her sister. Sarah Helen is best known for her relationship with Edgar Allen Poe during the 1840s when she lived in the John Reynolds House at 88 Benefit Street. The house has an excellent classical entrance with a pediment, flanking pilasters and a semi-circular fanlight.

Notes

http://www.poetspress.org/poepref.htm

Wm. McKenzie Woodward and Edward F. Sanderson, Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources. Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 141 and 214.

Building Style

Neoclassical

Themes

Historic Preservation

Subject Headings

Architecture, Domestic -- Conservation and restoration -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Thomas Aldrich House (Providence, R.I.); Neoclassicism (Architecture) -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Architecture - United States - 19th Century; Historic Buildings -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

140 Power Street

Keywords

Thomas Aldrich; Sarah Helen Whitman; Federal Style; East Side Providence; Providence; domestic architecture; preservation

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