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Located on the slopes of Providence’s College Hill, the Rhode Island Historical Society’s John Brown House Museum is currently undergoing renovations to include new mechanical improvements which also include the installation of a closed-loop geothermal well.

E.W. Burman, Inc. of Warwick, RI was selected to act as the Construction Manager to complete these upgrades for RIHS. Scheduled work is to include the installation of an air conditioning system including humidity controls as well as new heat pumps to replace the 20 year-old inefficient boilers. E.W. Burman was also instrumental in helping to secure grants and bringing the project within budget through an extensive value-engineering process. Haynes / De Boer Associates are the Architect for this project.

Built in 1786-8 and enlarged and embellished by subsequent owners, this grand mansion not only features incomparable architecture and extraordinary decorative arts but also tells the compelling stories of the generations of Browns and others who lived and worked there during three centuries. Today this magnificent and elegant building serves as a place in which the public can learn about these men and women who helped to create Rhode Island’s capital city.

Founded in 1822, the Rhode Island Historical Society is the nation’s fourth oldest state historical society and is today the steward of some 30,000 artifacts and 500,000 library items. The Society maintains its research library and John Brown House Museum in Providence and operates the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket.