Providence’s enduring gem: Benefit Street’s architectural jewel

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The title of “oldest building” in Providence goes to a charming residence, not a grand civic structure. Tucked away on Benefit Street, known for its well-preserved colonial homes, stands the Stephen Harris House.


Built in 1763 by a prosperous merchant, Stephen Harris, this stately clapboard house stands as a testament to Providence’s early Georgian architecture.


Meticulously preserved, the Stephen Harris House offers a look into 18th-century life. Although tales of hauntings are told of its past, visitors can explore the well-preserved rooms and learn about the lives of the Harris family and the bustling port city of Providence’s early days.

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