QUIET EVOLUTION • The Providence Art Club expands and updates its
quirky cluster of 18th-century buildings without compromising its soul
north light, as well as views of downtown, enlivens the new studio (above). The addition of a bar off the main gallery creates a warm, masculine club space.
FOUNDED IN 1880, THE NATION’S SECOND oldest club for artists and like-minded friends (the first being the Salmagundi Club in New York City, founded in 1871), the Providence Art Club has occupied a row of four historic
18th-century houses on College Hill for well over a century.
renovation: bay + bay architects
Facing the First Baptist Church and surrounded by the
Rhode Island School of Design, the handsome ensemble of brick, clapboard, and half-timbering barely hints at
the recent renovation that transformed the spaces hidden
behind these facades.
“At the end of the 19th century, when a group of
Providence artists wanted a clubhouse, these ancient
PROVIDENCE AR T CLUB
11 Thomas Street