An exquisite Adam-Revival house equal in architectural quality and presence to its early nineteenth-century China Trade neighbors, this was built for the sister of Margaret Hazard Goddard, then the doyenne of the Ives House across the street, yet another Providence proximate-incidence of family houses. Providence native William T. Aldrich (a contemporary of the Sturgeses) designed the house, a superbly controlled essay in restrained revivalism, as could only be designed by and for consummate White Anglo-Saxon Protestants who know their own. It fronts a fine garden by Beatrix Jones Farrand who also designed an even more elaborate garden for the family’s summer house in South Kingstown. Since 1949, this has served as the official home of the president of Brown University, a gift by Mrs. Sturges in memory of her father, manufacturer Rowland Gibson Hazard, Brown University, Class of 1876.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture