Built in 1875, this Italian Villa-style home is best known for its designer and first resident, George Henry Corliss. A mechanical engineer and inventor of the Corliss Steam Engine, George Henry Corliss's work had a significant impact on the United States during the Industrial Revolution. His inventions also brought economic prosperity as demonstrated by this lavish mansion that includes many innovative features such as an elevator and thermostat-controlled heat. After Croliss died, the house passed on to his relative, Charles Brackett, an Oscar Award winner for his screenwriting. Today, Brown University uses it for its It Department of Economics and the Department of Philosophy.
Backstory and Context
Harrington, Richard B. "Nomination Form: Bracket (Charles) House, Corliss (George H.) House." National Register of Historic Places. April 3, 1970. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/3589be04-91e4-4ce1-80f6-fd650d7dc54a
Mitchell, Martha. Brown University Library: Encyclopedia Brunoniana. 1993. http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/Databases/Encyclopedia/search.php?serial=C0710
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Corliss-Bracket House, side view: By Kenneth C. Zirkel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28112872
Fraser & Chalmers' horizontal Corliss engine (New Catechism of the Steam Engine, 1904).: By Andy Dingley (scanner) - Scan from Hawkins (b.1833), Nehemiah (1904 edition of 1897 book. Originally published in 1897, later expanded to cover internal combustion engines.) New Catechism of the Steam Engine, New York: Theo Audel, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7063639