The Annmary Brown Memorial, located at 21 Brown Street just south of the university's main green, has been home to the Program in Medieval Studies and the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World: our new location will be confirmed in the near future.
As noted by Martha Mitchell in the Encyclopedia Brunoniana (Brown University Library, 1993), the memorial "was built in 1907 by Christopher Rush Hawkins as a memorial to his wife. . . . Norman Isham was the architect of the Memorial, a one-story granite structure with a low hip roof and impressive bronze doors. The building, which has no windows, resembles a tomb, as indeed it is; both Rush Hawkins and Annmary Brown Hawkins are buried in an enclosure at the east end of the building. The slabs above their graves can be viewed through a grate, and each year on March 9, the birthday of Annmary Brown, her grave is decorated with flowers. General Hawkins had planned the building with its two art rooms, a personal treasure room and office, and the rare book room, around the walls of which were originally arranged 450 incunabula, open for viewing by visitors. Hawkins pursued the goal of acquiring the first book of each of the presses which were printing by 1500, and he did realize a collection of 225 first and second books from 130 of the 238 fifteenth-century presses. He engaged Alfred W. Pollard to prepare a catalog of the collection, which was published in 1910 by the Oxford University Press. In addition to the incunabula, the Memorial housed Hawkins's collection of paintings, a collection of manuscripts, and another collection which included books by or about anyone named Hawkins. The Memorial was deeded to the University in 1948, at which time Margaret B. Stillwell, the librarian of the collections since 1917, joined the faculty of the University with the rank of full professor and continued in that position until her retirement in 1953. The Annmary Brown Memorial collections, except for the paintings, were removed to the John Hay Library in 1990."
Today, classes are held in the back art room and in what was the personal treasure room. The Memorial is the site of numerous special events, including scholarly talks. Find more information at the Annmary Brown Library Page.