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PBN reports that Brown University has sold the iconic Old Stone Bank Building on South Main Street to a private developer (Gold Dome Properties LLC) for $2.14 million. Brown acquired the property in 1995 for $1.15 million. The university had plans to move the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology into the building but decided renovation costs and the costs for a needed multi-story addition were too high.

We will be keeping an eye out for whatever future plans are announced for the building. Gold Dome Properties declined to comment to PBN about what plans they may have for the building.

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12 Responses to Brown sells iconic Old Stone Bank Building

  1. Bret Ancowitz April 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    I never like it when groups buyings buildings have no comments on plans… That’s rarely good… I mean, they didn’t spend the money saying, “Boy, cool building… Let’s buy it and figure out what to do later!”

  2. Bret Ancowitz April 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    By the way, too bad about the museum not moving to that location… The Haffenreffer was actually a great quality but vastly undervisited attraction. Moving it near the RISD Museum could have created a Museum Block of sorts… Get J&W to put the culinary museum nearby and that would have been awesome…

    But that kind of thing requires municipal vision and planning and, you know, that sort of thing that we just don’t do here…

  3. Jef Nickerson April 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    Yeah, if I spent $2.14 million on something, I’d have a pretty good idear of what I wanted to do with it. I suppose however, if they have $2.14 million sitting around, that they could be speculating that the price will go up on the other side of the recession and they are just going to sit on it until then. The $1.15 million Brown paid in 1995 was, well in 1995 and also they bought it out of receivership.

  4. jencoleslaw April 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    I LOVE the idea of the Culinary Museum! With a big test kitchen and everything. That would be a very cool addition to the Providence museum and restaurant scene!

  5. Jef Nickerson April 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    There is a Culinary Museum silly. It’s down at J&w’s Harborside Campus though, so I never go there.

  6. jencoleslaw April 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Oh.
    Huh.
    It should be, you know, Downtown, where all the restaurants and stuff are!

  7. Frymaster April 23, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    c’mon, the best possible use of that building is obvious – surface parking!

  8. Jef Nickerson April 23, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Or a strip club.

  9. Brick April 23, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    I agree with Bret wrt the Haffenreffer. I assume this is all part of the whole thing where the endowment is going down.

    Perhaps Gold Dome is going to make a luxury residence for Emma Watson.

  10. Bret Ancowitz April 23, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    It’s really a shame the museum isn’t happening, since that seems a perfect use for it. What else can you use that building for?

    What would you do with it?

  11. Jen Coleslaw April 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    It might be an interesting re-use as a restaurant and inn. It is certainly well located.

  12. Jef Nickerson April 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    If I had $2.14 million to throw around, I’d make it my personal fortress of solitude.

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