Historic Walking Tours of Narragansett Pier


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Left: Souvenirs of Narragansett Pier, 1884 to 1922 Right: SCM photo:jrt-2010


50 Central Street

Architectural Description

21/2-story, hiproofed, Shingle Style dwelling.


George A. Freeman Jr.

Original Owner/Resident

Designed for Brander Matthews of New York.

Year Built

c 1887


Matthews was a translator, playwright, drama critic, and freelance writer. He also was a professor
of literature at Columbia University from 1892 to 1900 and Columbia’s first professor of dramatic
literature from 1900 to 1924. He wrote anarticleabout Narragansett Pier that appeared in
Harper's Weekly magazine in 1887.

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