The Old State House on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, known also as Providence Sixth District Court House, Providence Colony House, Providence County House, or Rhode Island State House is located on 150 Benefit Street. It is a brick Georgian-style building completed largely in 1762. It was used as the meeting place for the colonial and state legislatures for 149 years.Plan your State House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Providence using our Providence online day trip planner .
From colonial times to the mid-19th century, the Rhode Island General Assembly rotated meetings between the state's five county court houses, and five of these former Rhode Island state houses survive today. In 1760 The General Assembly built the Old State House to replace an earlier wooden courthouse built 1730 on Meeting Street. It was largely finished by 1762 with some details being completed by 1771. Many of the Georgian architecture details were borrowed from the larger and more ornate Newport Colony House. Before 19th century alterations to the Providence State House, the two buildings resembled one another greatly. After 1853 the state legislature ceased meeting at Kent, Washington and Bristol county courthouses, but continued to alternate its sessions between here and the Newport State House in Newport into the early 20th century.
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My husband, son, and I visited here recently. The house itself is beautiful with marble everywhere. There was ample free parking to the left of the house. It is a much easier trip to get here than I h... more »
We booked a tour here with lukewarm expectations. We were pleasantly surprised with the craftsmanship and beauty of the building, as well as some of the historical artifacts and art on display. more »
You probably know the place. I was here last time years ago, and I think the place could use some work done. Cool spot, hope they will work and improve conditions it a little.
From the looks of things I would say that the old state house is in need of some repair, while I have never been inside the old state house I can attest to the fact that the outside looks amazing, an historic wonder located on Benefit street. I would suggest walking up the facade from South Main and taki g in the long sweeping g front lawn and walk way
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