This heavily used neighborhood park makes a verdant entrance to the north end of Blackstone Boulevard, especially in combination with the forested undeveloped section of Swan Point Cemetery across the way. This triangular parcel remained open in this rapidly developing early twentieth-century residential neighborhood because it belonged to the cemetery. After Blackstone Boulevard separated this from the remainder of the cemetery, it had little use for burying purposes. The cemetery donated the land to the city for park use in 1933, but development of the angular pathway system focusing on the monument did not occur until 1938-40, when federal funding made such possible. The park was named for Alexander Farnum Lippitt, a World War I casualty, and the fountain, designed by Jackson, Robertson & Adams, was dedicated to the memory of Henry B. Anthony (1815-1884), who served as publisher of the Providence Daily Journal, Rhode Island Governor, and United States Senator.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture
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