Rhode Island Picture
The Turk's Head Building -
Providence, Rhode Island
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September 14, 1914
(DPO - 1829-1927)
The Post office at
Providence County was in
operation from December 2, 1889
December 31, 1927.
The Post Office was disestablished in 1927 and mail services were
provided by Providence. The
Thornton CDS is a
standard Duplex cancel of the period.
The message on this card was
written in French; the card is addressed to Canada.
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history of the Turks Head Building.
was formerly known as Weybosset
Neck and the area was first
settled in 1746
by the followers of the Reverend
Joseph Snow. The area experienced
a slow growth until after the British occupation and
destruction of Newport,
when it began a period of rapid expansion. The area is surrounded by
the neighborhoods of College Hill,
and Smith Hill
and consists of a major financial and retail district as well as some
light industry. The area near Turks Head is the center of the
Turks Head Building
stands at the intersection of
Streets. Local Legend
relates that the building received it's name because of
who owned a home on the site in the
His home supposedly contained a
carving of a Turk on his porch and
the area came to be associated by that name. When the present building
was constructed on that site, a
carved stone head of a Turk was
included in the design. The original design of 1856 for a building on
this site was for a circular building.
The building is currently
headquarters for Bank Rhode Island
as well as several law and financial firms.
An interesting coincidence
during my search for information concerning the Turks Head building is
that quite recently, (May 30, 2004)
caused by faulty elevator wiring
damaged the top floor of the building.
Strange New England for a view of the
Turk's Head Sculpture.