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Destroyed once by fire and rebuilt in the 19th century, this striking pale stone and wood edifice attracts visitors strolling historic Benefit Street. The Gothic-looking spire rises tall above this corner of College Hill, with its handsome black-faced clock, and the church bells can be heard tolling through a portion of the East Side. The services at the First Unitarian Church start on Sundays from 10.30am.
In 1764, three men from Newport established 'The College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations'. For the sake of brevity, it was shortened to Brown University in 1804. It is one of the original eight Ivy League Colleges. Standing strong ever since its inception in 1764, Brown University boasts an excellent educational offering which spans diverse disciplines including engineering, design, ancient studies, archaeology, academics and sciences among others. However, the university bears as much brilliance in its architecture as it does in its academics. Its campus is laden with exceptional examples of late 18th-century architecture residing around the Wriston and Simmons quadrangles, as well as those on the Pembroke College campus, and along Benefit Street. The college remains one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the United States.
Temple Emanu-El, is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It has a golden dome which is visible from many sites. It spreads across 66,000 square feet. It comprises of three buildings. The school building has auditoriums, offices and library. Meetings and weddings take place in the Meeting house. It also has the Abraham and Natalie Percelay Museum, which imbibes the importance of rituals in Jews. The most interesting is the gift shop which houses Judaic items, including kippot, kiddush cup and mezzuzot. The temple celebrates festivals like Sukkot and Simhat Torah. The efforts of the temple are directed towards preserving the Jewish culture and transmitting it to the future generations.
The Bell Gallery is located in the List Art Center, on the Brown University campus and is open to the public. You will find all manner of modern art in this sparse white space. In one month you could see an exhibit by three artists working with photography and texts, an installation about a vanished Russian cosmonaut and photographs depicting a futuristic society of bog-dwellers. All events at the Bell Gallery are free. Include this gallery in a walking tour of the campus.
Gun Totem is a unique work of public art on display in front of the Federal Courthouse. Artist Boris Bally creates this 12-foot (3.6-meter) high obelisk with concrete and steel, with its exterior exposing over 1000 handguns. The firearms used were reclaimed and disabled from a program held in Pittsburgh by Dr. Michael P. Hirsch. This monument, now administered by the Providence Parks Department calls for a thought-provoking visit.