While your in Providence, slip over to the Rhode Island School of Design and
see the furniture in their museum. They have two Townsend - Goddard
secretary and more than you can imagine. I was there earlier this month.
Is that a good museum then ? I've seen lots of photographed 18th
century pieces with that given as their location, but I was never sure
how accessible they were to casual visitors, or if it was a closed
college collection. It's certainly on my list of destinations next
time I have a week or two to drive around the USA.
Die Gotterspammerung - Junkmail of the Gods
It is a major collection. They built a replica of Pendleton's house to show
the furniture in.
There are about 3 floors of furniture.
The museum is accessible and the docent's will talk your arm off. Just ask a
question and they will tell you a lot about the collection that is not
obvious. They have a Stuart portrait of George Washington. It is the
original and is the image used on the dollar bill.
Well, it isn't a gloat or anything, but I live just outside of Providence and
museum is a favorite hangout on rainy weekends. If you show up before 1 pm on
admission is free.
Yes, the furniture in the Pendleton house section of the museum is outstanding.
12-foot high wooden Buddha in the Asian section is pretty cool, too.
I was told by the docents in the Pendleton House section that Townsend -
Goddard only built nine of the secretaries. The museum has two of them.
There's a good story about a 9 shell secretary at the Brown House.
Providence it seems had three of the nine. :-)
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