Thursday, January 31, 2013

The John Nicholas Brown House, Providence RI

In 1985, Anne S. K. Brown died at her Newport home, Harbor Court. She was the widow of the enormously wealthy John Nicholas Brown II, who was nicknamed "The Richest Baby in the World" since he inherited some $100 million at the time of his birth. Both her Newport and Providence homes were donated. Harbor Court to the New York City Yacht Club and the Providence home to Brown University (which John II's ancestor had founded). The Providence home had been built in 1792 by Caleb Osborne and was sold in 1814 to Nicholas Brown II (founder of Brown University). The home passed down through generation and ended up in John II's hands. He and Anne wintered at the home for most of their life, summering at Harbor Court. When he died, it went to Anne. Today, it serves as the John Nicholas Brown Center For Humanities and Cultural Heritage. 

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  1. Harbor Court was not donated, it was sold for 4.5 million in 1987 to the NYCYC according to the book Newport Villas, by Michael C. Kathrens.

  2. The Browns did not found Brown University. Rhode Island College was founded by the Baptist Church.


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