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

Collection Type

  • Photography

Location Note

[Reference copy:] Geo.: Large: R.I.: Providence: Modern: Unmounted/Modern



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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.


Descriptive Terms

war memorials
soldiers' monuments
squares (open spaces)
Second Empire
Romanesque Revival
city halls
exterior views
public buildings
black-and-white prints (photographs)
copy prints

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000493
AccessID 670
Other identifier HNEDID-000493

Physical Description

1 copy print

Collection Code


Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code


Date Notes



Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)

Record Details

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
copy prints

Other People

Thayer, Samuel J. F., 1842-1893
Yandell, Enid

Other Organizations

Providence (R.I.)
Stone, Carpenter and Wilson


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.)
Architectural photography

Description Level


Location Note

[Reference copy:] Geo.: Large: R.I.: Providence: Modern: Unmounted/Modern