The brick-pier-and-wrought-iron fence girdling the campus emulates that around the Harvard Yard in Cambridge and immediately reminds us that Brown has long taken its architectural cues from that institution. But how well it establishes an institutional presence. Hoppin & Ely and Hoppin & Koen set the tone at the top of College Street with the Augustus Stout Van Wickle Memorial Gates, open only twice a year, inward on the first day of classes and outward on Commencement Day.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture
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