The square and Wayland Avenue are named after Francis Wayland, a Baptist pastor and president of Brown University. Most of the area was developed in the early twentieth century with many Queen Anne style apartment buildings. The area remained largely undeveloped until the twentieth century because of the marshy environment adjacent to the river. Today, the square features numerous businesses, houses of worship, and restaurants. It is also home to the Red Bridge, which crosses the Seekonk River.
- "Francis Wayland: A Founding Father of American learning". Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Official city of Providence information (accessed April 27, 2011)
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