List: College Hill Historic District

25 properties

National Register 70000019, submitted 1970 (finalized by 1976) — The College Hill Historic District is significant as the site of the original settlement of Providence Plantations in 1636. The district embodies several crucial stages of American social development with a progression of architectural styles and intact historic neighborhoods to reveal the physical growth of Providence from a Colonial town to a modern city.

  • This turn-of-the-century Federal-style two-story wooden house-turned-resturant was razed quickly on Good Friday in 2021

    Fox Point/India Point | Built: circa 1830, perhaps 1790 | Demolition: 2021 | Decade: 1830-1839
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A quick redevelopment of two historic homes in an eroding historic district under pressure to provide “modern” student housing

    College Hill | Built: 1844 & 1910 | Demolition: 2017 | Redeveloped: 2018 | Decade: 1900-1919
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A project that did not gain develepment approval will not go forward, but the demolition of these three houses will

    College Hill | Built: 1854–1895 | Decade: 1850-1859
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A commercial space and apartment house best known for its colorful aquatic mural on a busy corner in Fox Point

    Fox Point/India Point | Built: Before 1889 | Demolition: 2019 | Decade: 1880-1889
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • This narrow, small footprint a hundred fifty year-old house had a prominent African-American artist as a resident for about 20 years

    College Hill | Built: 1854 | Redeveloped: 1938-41, 2015 | Decade: 1850-1859
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • An almost two-century old building which has been in constant use for military-related purposes

    College Hill | Built: 1839 | Decade: 1830-1839
    Added to NRHP: April 28, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000003 (individual)

  • About half of the “Mile of History,” documenting the western side of Benefit Street as it looked in 2004

    College Hill | Built: 1763–1869 | Decade: before 1799
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A narrow home that was once owned by antique collectors and caretakers of the Bannister House next door

    College Hill | Built: 1854 | Demolition: 2015 | Decade: 1850-1859
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Nine homes on a block off Thayer Street were demolished ot make way for a large bulk of student apartments

    College Hill | Built: 1875–1900 | Demolition: 2013 | Decade: 1890-1899
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Eight houses allowed to decay as student housing and easily demolished because of a lack of visual maintenance

    College Hill | Built: 1875–1900 | Demolition: 2016 | Decade: 1890-1899
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Two late-19th century houses are to be torn down in favor of a five-story mixed-use residential and commercial building in the College Hill Historic District

    College Hill | Built: 1857-75, & 1895 | Demolition: 2023 | Decade: 1860-1869
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Once a circa 1920s car garage, most recently this was a commercial block home to Bagel Gourmet and East Side Mini-Mart, two Brown-University-student staples

    East Side | Built: between 1908–1920 | Demolition: 2020 | Redeveloped: 1990–91 | Decade: 1910-1919
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing & non)

  • Twin 1875-era three-story mansard houses are decaying under ownership of Brown Univesity

    College Hill | Built: circa 1875 | Decade: 1870-1879
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A 250+ year old home belonging to one of the captain’s that took part in the burning of the Gaspee

    Fox Point/India Point | Built: circa 1767 | Decade: before 1799

  • A popular restaurant since 1973 in a unique red brick building that was an early horse-drawn apparatus Fire Station

    East Side | Built: 1892 | Redeveloped: 1951 | Decade: 1890-1899
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • This chalet-style 19th century Stone & Carpenter design was reivigorated in 2002 with new foundation and additional connecting buildings to expand Brown’s Hillel Center

    College Hill | Built: 1878 | Redeveloped: 2002 | Decade: 1870-1879
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A late 18th-century inn in the heart of Colonial Providence’s political seat

    College Hill | Built: 1784-1785 | Demolition: 1941 | Decade: before 1799
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • This 300-ton house was rotated and moved 450 feet up Olive Street in one piece over the course of three days

    College Hill | Built: 1868 | Decade: 1860-1869
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • One the last remaining historic homes on the Thayer to Brook Street block demolished for a new structure

    College Hill | Built: 1896 | Demolition: 2022 | Decade: 1890-1899
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A 1980s conversion from industrial to residential condominiums by the same developer of the Davol Rubber Company

    Fox Point/India Point | Built: 1845, 1864, 1893 | Redeveloped: 1984–1986 | Decade: 1840-1849
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • This former stable is a remnant of a larger house that was razed in the 1940s and now stands as a handsome private home

    College Hill | Built: 1885 | Decade: 1880-1889
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Demolition Alert

    A beautifully detailed late 19th-century double house will succumb to the wrecking ball in favor of more of the same modern apartment building design

    College Hill | Built: 1877 | Decade: 1870-1879
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • The ever changing face of Thayer Street captured whenever we can (mostly from 2004 and 2020)

    College Hill | Built: Various; 1857–2020
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • Another erosion of the neighborhood fabric, moving from wood-built houses to slick “modern concept” commercial structures

    College Hill | Built: 1875–1895 | Demolition: 2022 | Decade: 1880-1889
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)

  • A quaint small cottage is delicately saved by a considerate addition and rebuild while the large lot was subdivided to support monster new construction

    College Hill | Built: 1875-1895 | Redeveloped: 2022-2023 | Decade: 1870-1879
    Added to NRHP: November 10, 1970 | NRHP Reference Number: 70000019 (contributing)