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Abbott Park

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1746, 1873, 1927.286 Weybosset St.

Unlike New England settlers in most communities outside Rhode Island, the founders of Providence set aside no centrally located town green. For the eighteenth-century predecessor to Round Top, one of the members of its congregation, Daniel Abbott, donated this as a “true New England common,” albeit a tiny one, for many years no more than a grassy area extending from the church. A cast iron fountain surrounded by cast iron fencing (long since removed) was added in 1873 and restored toward its 1873 condition c. 1990. This was the first private donation of a public park to the city.

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William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Abbott Park", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-PR14.4.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 45-45.

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