Redwood Library & Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Ave

Newport, RI 02840
PHONE: (401) 847-0292

First Library Building in America

National Historic Site

Exhibitions & Portrait Gallery

Celebrating 270 Years

A True Colonial Experience

The Company of the Redwood Library was established in 1747 by Abraham Redwood and 45 colonists. Abraham Redwood contributed £500 sterling to acquire the original collection of 751 titles, all purchased used in London. Henry Collins, one of the Original Proprietors, donated his bowling green where the first Neo-Classical public building in the colonies was built. Designed by Peter Harrison, known as “America’s First Architect”, the structure is crafted of wood “rusticated” to look like stone. The collection has grown to 200,000 holdings. In its early days, one could stand on the portico and have an uninterrupted view of the harbor. Today, it stands among stately beech trees and the city has grown around it.

Redefining Newport Style: The Interwar Years, 1920-1940
Van Alen Gallery
Through October 30, 2017

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am
Free with Admission

Monday-Tuesday / Thurday-Saturday: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 8:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM