Benevolent Street, #89

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

About this Property

Reason for Demolition

Unsure. We can assume that during the renovations of the next-door Bannister House, this narrow home was deemed to be in too rough a shape, or too expensive and insignificant to restore.

Current Events

The house was razed in 2015 and the site is now empty.


From the College Hill Historic District nomination form, Edward F. Sanderson & Keith N. Morgan, January 1976

(Manuscript, not publicly available) House (by 1857): 2 1/2-story, shingled frame, end-gable-roof house with a three-bay, side entry, facade. A hipped hood on brackets, a second-story bow window and window cornice heads are major elements of the house’s vernacular Italianate styling.


The earliest map we have public access to are the ones at Brown University. Volume 2 of the 1889 map does not cover this portion of Benevolent Street. This house and the Bannister House (#93) are visible on this 1899 map.

Interestingly, there is a house in between these two narrow ones at number 91, also a 2 and one half story structure. In a 1920 Sanborn Map, the house at #91 still stands. In the 1937 map, the house is gone. When the Gowdey documentation was written about this cottage and the Bannister House, it describes a garden in between. While Edward M. Bannister and his wide resided next door at #93 from 1880 to about 1900, it was a dense little block of homes.