Lippitt Hall

Buildings on the URI Quadrangle: Lippitt Hall

Opened in 1897, Lippitt Hall filled the need for a drill hall and gymnasium facility on campus and a library for the College’s growing number of books. Built with locally quarried granite, it was named in honor of Gov. Charles W. Lippitt. The architecture of Lippitt Hall is unique to the campus, primarily in its use of Tudor-style facings on the north and south side dormers.

Kenyon L. Butterfield

Kenyon L. Butterfield, President—1903-1906

Kenyon Butterfield became the second president of Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, following the abrupt departure of John Washburn, its first president. Butterfield strove to make the college of greater service to a larger number of Rhode Islanders.

Tour the Watson House

In 1888, local citizens purchased the 140-acre Oliver Watson Farm for $5,000 as a site for an agricultural experiment station and school. Little did they know the educational seed they planted would bloom into a distinguished university with a world-renowned reputation. To acknowledge those forward-looking citizens, URI will host a Founders’ Day Festival, Thursday, April […]

John Hosea Washburn

John Hosea Washburn—President, 1892-1902

John Hosea Washburn was appointed principal of the State Agricultural School, which opened in 1890 with 26 students, 24 men and two women. Washburn successfully wrested the funding appropriation of land-grant status away from Brown University.

Freek Day 1968 Wheelbarrow races

Freek Day, Beanies, and Beyond

From Freek Day to Greek Week, the traditions of philanthropy and fun among the Greek community are still going strong. With Greek Week 2017 fast approaching, students are busy warming up their singing voices for Greek Sing and practicing their Lip Sync choreography. Since 1968, Freek Day has been an opportunity for members of Greek life to introduce […]

Frank Keaney

Frank Keaney and the Old Gazazza

A basketball buzz has returned to Rhody thanks to a second Atlantic 10 Championship won by the men’s team Sunday, March 12, and with it an an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Rhode Island was the talk of hoop analysts throughout the early part of the week on CBS, ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and the Sports Illustrated website as one of the hot, dangerous teams in the tourney.

Rose Butler Brown in 1920

Rose Butler Browne, Class of 1921

When Rose Butler Browne was a student, she was known for her optimism and determination. Her quote in the 1920 edition of The Grist says it all: “I hate trig, that is why I want to stick it out.” She did, and in 1921 she received a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island State College, now the University of Rhode Island, becoming the first African-American woman to do so.

Edwards Hall

Buildings on the Quad: Edwards Hall

Opened in 1928, Edwards Hall was built with the same rough squared ashlar granite as the earlier buildings on the Quadrangle.

URI 125 Ice Sculpture

Light up the Quad Reflected in #URI125 Photo

Mark Plugovoy ’17, a Biomedical Engineering major from Lincoln, Rhode Island, captured a remarkable photo during the Light up the Quad event in front of Davis Hall. 

URI Quadrangle

URI’s Quadrangle: Grounded in 125 Years of Memories

It’s only fitting that the University launched its 125th anniversary on the Quad, kicking off off a yearlong celebration of the University’s founding in 1892.