Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport

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The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is a subscription library, museum, rare book repository and research center founded in 1747, and located at 50 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. The building, designed by Peter Harrison and completed in March 1750, was the first purposely built library in the United States, and the oldest neo-Classical building in the country. It has been in continuous use since its opening.
The building is part of the Kay Street–Catherine Street–Old Beach Road Historic District, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
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  • one of the oldest library's in the U.S. but so well taken care of by its staff and private people from the area. A nice place to relax but see a lot of history. a really nice stop. 
    one of the oldest library's in the U.S. but so well taken care of by its staff and private people from the area. A nice place to relax but see a lot of history. a really nice stop.  more »
  • The librarian was very resourceful and did a great job providing us with a brief history and answering the questions we had about the space. Admission is free for Ocean State Library card holders... 
    The librarian was very resourceful and did a great job providing us with a brief history and answering the questions we had about the space. Admission is free for Ocean State Library card holders...  more »
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  • It was interesting and the docent (young girl with brown curly hair) was amazing. Definitely check this out.
  • We loved the big chair, we will soon enter summer 2021

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