Did Brown miss a major opportunity when it sold the Old Stone Bank?

By PBN Staff
Posted 4/23/09

When Brown University bought the Old Stone Bank building in 1995 for $1.15 million, the school said that it planned to use the neoclassical building as the home for the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, which was housed in Bristol up until the end of last summer (READ MORE).

But with the sale of the building – located close to downtown Providence and near the RISD Museum – to NABsys Inc. President and CEO Barrett Bready, that plan seems to have been discarded.

The university has not revealed what its plans are for the more than 100,000 artifacts that the Haffenreffer collection houses, but without an apparent home, the question remains, did Brown miss the boat on creating a showcase home for the museum?

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