John Brown House

The three-story brick mansion (1788), designed for John Brown by his brother Joseph, impressed many who came to see it. John Quincy Adams, who visited the house, proclaimed it to be "the most magnificent and elegant private mansion that I have ever seen on this continent." Inside, the carved doorways, columns, cornices and lavish plaster-ornamented ceilings provide an appropriate setting for the treasured collection of Rhode Island furnishings, most of which are Brown family pieces. The unique blockfront secretary boasts nine shells carved into its front (shell secretaries normally have only six carved shells). Attributed to Rhode Island cabinetmaker John Goddard, this piece is one of the finest existing examples of American Colonial furniture.

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52 Power Street, 02906 Providence


+1 401-273-7507


10 $

Opening hours

[Apr-Nov: Tue-Fri-1.30pm and 3pm, Sat 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm, 3pm; Dec-Mar: Fri-Sat 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm, 3pm]

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Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Brown University
Brown University