Warren Alpert Medical School

“This structure is for you. It is about you. It is about preparing you to serve in an area vital to the public good.”

–President Ruth Simmons (2001 - 2012)

After receiving a $100-million pledge from the Warren Alpert Foundation in 2007, Brown Medical School took on a new name and began work on a new home. The Alpert Medical School opened its new 134,000-square-foot facility in August 2011 in Providence’s Jewelry District, ushering in a new period of growth in enrollment and programming.

Prior to the extensive renovation, the building had been commercial office space since 1972, but it was originally built in 1928 as a factory where the Brier Manufacturing Company made costume jewelry with the brand name Little Nemo. In the 1950s, Brier was the second-largest costume jewelry manufacturer in Providence.