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This three-story commercial building originally had a large auditorium on the top story, not at all an unusual configuration for mid- and late nineteenth-century commercial buildings. Public gathering spaces in all sizes and configurations were in great demand during that period, when a variety of public readings, recitations, speeches, musicales, and dramatic performances were heavily attended before being supplanted by today’s televised versions of the same.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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