Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Here is a view of Providence’s East Side with three of the oldest churches in the city in the College Hill neighborhood. To the left of the image is a view of the Cathedral of St. John, which is located on North Main Street. This church was built by John Holden Greene in 1810. Also seen is the First Baptist Church also located on North Main Street. This church was built between 1774 and 1775. The First Unitarian Church, located on Benevolent St., is also seen in this shot. This church was also built by John Holden Greene between 1815 and 1816.


see William H. Jordy, Buildings of Rhode Island (Oxford 2004) 66-68, 71, 87-88.


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Space (Architecture) – Rhode Island -- Providence; Historic buildings – Rhode Island -- Providence; City churches -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Church architecture -- Rhode Island -- Providence;

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United States of America

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Rhode Island

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Street Address

271 North Main St.


East Side; Providence; College Hill; First Unitarian Church; Cathedral of St. John; First Baptist Church