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Wayland Square in Providence Rhode Island RI
Wayland Square in Providence, RI

Wayland Square is a historic area on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island near Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

History

Francis Wayland daguerreotype
Francis Wayland, President of Brown University

The square and Wayland Avenue are named after Francis Wayland, a Baptist pastor and president of Brown University. Most of the area was developed in the early twentieth century with many Queen Anne style apartment buildings. The area remained largely undeveloped until the twentieth century because of the marshy environment adjacent to the river. Today, the square features numerous businesses, houses of worship, and restaurants. It is also home to the Red Bridge, which crosses the Seekonk River.


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