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Redwood Library

Newport, Rhode Island
County of Newport.
50 Bellevue Avenue
National Register Number: 66000015
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Education - library. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: RI-1 Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Open 9:30-5:30 M, F, Sat.; Open 9:30-8:00 Tu, W, Th; Open 1:00-5:00 Sunday. Tours by appointment..
Web Site: www.redwood1747.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
Completed in 1750, this is one of the oldest library buildings in continuous use in the country. It was the first building designed by Peter Harrison (1716-1775), noted as the first architect in Colonial America, and is the country's earliest example of Palladian architecture.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 19, 2003, the ceiling in the Delivery Room of the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, America's oldest lending library still housed in its original building, collapsed. Fortunately, no one was injured as the library had suspended evening hours during the restoration of the Redwood Street entrance...Please see: http://www.redwoodlibrary.org/donations/appeal.html Updated 12/3/03

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