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Providence's Banner Trail

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With banners marking important cultural and historic sites, the Banner Trail is a self guided tour around Providence's Downtown and historic East Side. Here's a small sample of some of the sites you will see.

Waterplace Park

Waterplace Park
Memorial Boulevard
1994

This four-acre park with Venetian-style footbridges, cobblestone walkways and an amphitheater encircling a tidal pool on the Providence River has won many national and international design awards. On sunny days, the park draws pedestrians, boaters, artists and performers.

State House

Rhode Island State House
Smith Street
1891-1904

Sitting prominently on Smith Hill, the Rhode Island State House is a landmark visible from most of downtown and many approaching highways. The building is a testament to Rhode Island's political, cultural and economic influence at the turn of the century. Click here to take a tour.

Roger Williams Memorial

Roger Williams National Memorial
North Main Street

A beautiful four-acre park commemorating the settlement of Providence by dissident preacher Roger Williams.

Old State House

Old State House
150 Benefit Street
1762

Now a National Historic Landmark, it was in this Georgian-style brick building that Rhode Island declared independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776. Known alternately as the Providence Colony House, Providence Court House and the State House, the building took the name the Old State House with the completion of the current State House in 1901.

First Baptist Meeting House

First Baptist Meeting House
75 North Main Street
1775

Designed by Joseph Brown, this is one of Providence's most important 18th century buildings and the mother church of the Baptist Church in America. A National Historic Landmark.

Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design

Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
1897, 1904, 1926, 1993

The museum houses a renowned collection of art representing diverse cultures, periods and genres.

Athenaeum

Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street
1836

A membership library housing a noted collection of Audubon prints and rare books.

Stephen Hopkins House

Stephen Hopkins House
15 Hopkins Street
1701, 1743

Stephen Hopkins was Governor of Rhode Island when Rhode Island declared its independence in 1776. The house is maintained as a museum by the Society of Colonial Dames.

Custom House

Custom House
21 Weybosset Street
1757

The first federal building in Providence which housed the Post Office, Customs Office and Federal District Court.

The Arcade

The Arcade
65 Weybosset Street/130 Westminster Street
1828

One of the finest Greek Revival structures in the country, the Arcade was the first major commercial venture on the west side of Providence. A National Historic Landmark.

All pictures on this page were taken on May 16, 1998. This page utilizes information from:

  • Providence Banner Trail - a walking guide provided by the City of Providence and the Providence Foundation, 1995.
Banner Trail guide maps are available at tourist information booths around Providence.


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