For the second time in just over a decade, one of the History Department’s main buildings has been moved. This past December, as one can see in this time-lapse video, Sharpe House rolled up the block and settled next to Peter Green House on Brown Street. Just a dozen years ago, in 2007, Peter Green was resettled in its current location at the corner of Brown and Angell. That move facilitated construction of the Walk and the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, while the relocation of Sharpe House will facilitate construction of Brown’s planned Performing Arts Center.
There is ample reason to be excited about this latest move. Now separated by less than 10 feet, Sharpe House and Peter Green House will be stitched together - as the above architectural rendering shows - unifying the physical spaces of the department for the first time in decades. A connecting hallway of floor-to-ceiling glass will conjoin the two buildings on the ground floor, while overhead a new bridge will connect the second and third floors. Critically, these new features will make both buildings fully accessible to all members of the Brown community and to visitors. Additional renovations will add an elevator, a new classroom, and a new seminar room. Henceforth, Sharpe House and Peter Green House together will constitute a single unified facility for the department.
Leading the renovation design is the firm KITE Architects, which will endeavor to blend the two nineteen-century buildings together while remaining in conversation with the planned Performing Arts Center, which will be located just to the east of the two History buildings. Additionally, a new gift by Peter Green will support enhancements to Peter Green House. All told, we expect the result to be a renovated and reenergized facility ready for occupancy by the fall. Construction is underway, and we encourage interested parties to check the progress on webcams provided by Brown’s Facilities Management.