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Stories by author "Elyssa Tardif": 6

Is it a stretch to see Benefit Street as a sweatshop for girls of the cultural elite? Probably; but it is interesting to note that in the years that Mary Balch’s School was teaching its young pupils the art of needlepoint, a young girl named Betsy…

Subjects: Art, Schools

If we had to choose one person who had the most impact on the look and feel of Benefit Street and its environs, it would have to be John Holden Greene, architect of the First Unitarian Church (1816) and another 49 other public, commercial, religious…

The Athenaeum has been called “the quirky pillar of Providence.” A beloved institution in the city, the building, built in 1838, resembles a funky mausoleum from the outside. Yes, one of its original members was Stephen Hopkins, a signatory to…

The Providence Art Club is the oldest art club in the United States after the Salmagundi Club of New York. In 1880, a group of 16 men and women – all professional artists, amateurs and art collectors – founded the club. In 1887 the club moved to…

Subjects: Art

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