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Exterior view of Providence City Hall with Carrie Brown Memorial Fountain, Providence, R.I.


This image appears to be flipped. A view of City Hall in Providence, Rhode Island from City Hall Park. Samuel J.F. Thayer designed the five-story granite building in the Second Empire style. The cornerstone was laid on June 24, 1875 and the building was dedicated on November 14, 1878. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands in front of the building, which sculptor Randolph Rogers designed and which was dedicated on September 16, 1871. A man looks at a fountain under construction, which is probably the Carrie Brown Memorial Fountain, also known as the Bajnotti Fountain. Carrie Brown was from Providence, and her husband, Paul Bajnotti of Turin, Italy, honored her life with this piece of public art. Enid Yandell created the sculpture, called "The Struggle of Life", which had not been installed at the time of this photograph. The fountain was completed in 1899. The Dorrance Hotel, the Romanesque Revival building next to City Hall, was built in 1880 and designed by the Rhode Island architects, Stone, Carpenter and Wilson.

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General photographic collection
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Physical Description
1 copy print
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Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000493
AccessID: 670
Other identifier: HNEDID-000493
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Other People
Thayer, Samuel J. F., 1842-1893
Yandell, Enid
Other Organizations
Providence (R.I.)
Stone, Carpenter and Wilson
Descriptive Terms
Romanesque Revival
Second Empire
city halls
exterior views
public buildings
soldiers' monuments
squares (open spaces)
war memorials
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
copy prints
Architectural photography
Carrie Brown Memorial Fountain (Providence, R.I.)
Dorrance Street (Providence, R.I.)
Exchange Place (Providence, R.I.)
Soldiers and Sailors Monument (Providence, R.I.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Monuments
Westminster Street (Providence, R.I.)
Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)
Places (Buildings)
City Hall (Providence, R.I.)
Hotel Dorrance (Providence, R.I.)
Location Note
[Reference copy:] Geo.: Large: R.I.: Providence: Modern: Unmounted/Modern