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Providence Art Club

  • 11 Thomas Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • (401) 331-1114

Providence’s tightly-knit community of artists and
collectors created this club to congregate, create, and
display art; it is the second oldest art club in the country
after the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Among the
founders was Edward Mitchell Bannister, a celebrated
African American landscape painter. The western-most
of the club’s four buildings is the Fleur-de-Lys Studio
(1885), built by Sydney Burleigh as workspace for
himself and fellow club artists. Designated a National
Historic Landmark, the studio is a masterpiece of Arts
and Crafts architecture with finely rendered detail. On
the street level corner is inscribed the phrase “Fair
among the Fairest.” Not everybody appreciated this
building; H.P. Lovecraft found it so revolting that he set
his horror story “The Call of Cthulhu” (1926) there.