Roger Williams Park Casino

Historical Landmark, Park, Theatre, Hall or Arena

General Information: 1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02907
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Built in 1896, the Casino at Roger Williams Park stands as a prime example of the importance of historic preservation. its brick exterior and verandas adorned with Ionic columns, semi-circular porticos and railings with turned balusters, epitomize the Colonial Revival architecture of the late nineteenth century.

Designed by Providence architect Edwin T. Banning, the Casino was built with 25 thousand dollars raised by receipts from boat rentals and other amusements in the Park.

Conceived as a public space, it originally contained a café in the first floor main area. Cool summer treats were served on the veranda where one can still enjoy a spectacular 40-acre view, including that of the restored Bandstand, which juts into Roosevelt Lake below. The interior walls of the first floor are constructed of hand-finished wood panels, the original maple floors are intact, and details such as beveled mirrors and an emerald green tiled fireplace lend a formal and elegant air to the surroundings.

Upstairs, the Ballroom was used for special social events, especially during the '30's and '40's. This grand room, with it's birch floors, is painted in warm, rosy tones to evoke a sense of well being, a priority during the "Gay Nineties". Plaster friezes and frescoes of cherubs and musical instruments adorn the 20-foot ceilings.

Now completely restored, the park is proud of this unique building which has been host to thousands of special events. We welcome your interest and hope you will consider the Casino at Roger Williams Park when planning your event. Visit and see why the Roger Williams Park Casino truly is The Jewel of Providence.

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