You are here

George R. Drowne House

-A A +A
1862, Gridley J. F. Bryant. 119 Benefit St.
  • (Photograph by Andrew Hope)

High-style Second Empire houses are uncommon in Providence, and especially on College Hill. This is the first in the city, among the most commanding, and one of the few remaining domestic commissions anywhere by Bryant, who is most widely known for his Boston City Hall in the same style. Here the imperious elevation is all for show, however, as the $35,000 price tag for the house suggests and the original plain interiors proved. The house is now altered for apartments.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "George R. Drowne House", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 76-76.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.