Archives For Historic Buildings
The state Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission announced yesterday that the Heaton & Cowing Mill located at 1115 Douglas Avenue has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Read information from the Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission about the mill and the designation below:
One of Providence’s ealiest factories, The Heaton & Cowing Mill listed on the National Register
A Providence mill built in 1832 has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of industry. Edward F. Sanderson, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, announced that the National Park Service has added the Heaton & Cowing Mill to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the Federal Government’s official list of properties throughout the United States whose historical and architectural significance makes them worthy of preservation. Built for the manufacture of textiles, the Heaton & Cowing Mill is a rare representative of the small-scale textile factories that utilized the water power of Rhode Island’s smaller rivers and streams in the first half of the 19th century.
Located at 1115 Douglas Avenue in Providence near the North Providence line, the Heaton & Cowing Mill is a small, two-story factory built in 1832 with an addition built between 1926 and 1937. The primary block is a coursed rubblestone masonry structure with a shallow end-gable roof. The brick trim—quoins and rusticated window and door surrounds—probably date to a rebuilding project following a fire in 1861. The original building has a generally open plan with timber framing, typical of mid-19th century mill construction.
While many Rhode Islanders were out of power for up to a week, we escaped from the worst of Irene’s wrath.
Vermont was devestated by flooding related to the storm. In this video a 141 year-old covered bridge in Lower Bartonsville is swept away by flood waters.
This covered bridge built in 1870 could not survive the raging water of the Williams River in Lower Bartonsville village in the town of Rockingham, Windham County, VT. We were hoping all day the water would not reach the top of the abutment but the bridge lost its battle rather gracefully as it floated a bit down stream before breaking into pieces.
Our town has set up a fund to rebuild our historic bridge.
From this afternoon’s Providence Historic District Commission agenda:
1. CASE 11.070 • 338-350 ALLENS AVENUE – Terminal Warehouse Buildings (ICBD)
The applicant is requesting the demolition of the existing Atlas & Sheppard’s buildings. (PUBLIC HEARING)
Providence Historic District Commission Meeting
Monday, August 22, 2011 • 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Community Works Rhode Island has acquired a significant historic residence at 514 Broadway, to be renovated as five affordable condominium units.
January 24, 2011, Providence, RI – Community Works Rhode Island (CWRI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the architecturally significant building at 514 Broadway in Providence, RI. CWRI will renovate this neglected and foreclosed property into five condominium units that will be set at a price that is affordable to income qualified buyers.
Carrie Marsh, Executive Director of CWRI said “CWRI is thrilled with the opportunity to acquire 514 Broadway, a significant property which retains its beauty, dignity and grace despite decades of neglect. It is a building that captures the interest of many people who wonder at its past and envision its potential. The federal and city funding allocated to this project will allow CWRI to save this foreclosed property and renovate it into bright, beautiful and energy-efficient living spaces, to be sold to homeowners at an affordable level. This project is a key piece of the ongoing transformation of Broadway as a vital main street of the West Side neighborhood.”
The property is believed to have been originally built in 1857, in a very elaborate Italianate Style. The house is often referred to colloquially as the “Wedding Cake House” with its “gingerbread” style of architectural detail. It is graced with a mansard roof, oversized “sunburst” gables, and an ornate tower that provides sweeping views of the city. This building is located in the Broadway Local Historic District, as well as the Broadway-Armory National Register District. CWRI will work with the Providence Revolving Fund as its consultant on the historic preservation.
The property has been in a state of neglect and abandonment for several decades, and was recently foreclosed on. CWRI is grateful to Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman, as well as the Law Offices of Ronald C. Markoff, for legal assistance in acquiring this significant property.
Clark Schoettle, Executive Director of the Providence Revolving Fund said “This is one of the most important buildings in the Broadway-Armory National Register District and it has been seriously threatened for decades by deterioration. It is wonderful that Community Works has purchased the building and will save it from the wrecking ball. This is a difficult project which Community Works is well equipped to handle, given its past experience with similar properties.”
Providence Preservation Society
Annual Meeting and Preservation Lecture
featuring Kennedy Lawson Smith former Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Program
The Providence Preservation Society is proud to announce its 53rd Annual Meeting will be held on January 20, 2011 at 5:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 175 Mathewson Street, in Downtown Providence, at the corner of Mathewson and Westminster Streets. Each year the Preservation Society invites a prominent speaker to highlight a preservation issue that is pertinent to Providence; this year, PPS is pleased to welcome Kennedy Lawson Smith, former Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Program. She will bring her experience and expertise to bear in an engaging lecture, “The Road Ahead: Main Street & the Economics of Downtown.”
Kennedy Lawson Smith is one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial district revitalization and development, independent main street businesses, and economically and environmentally sound community development. She joined the staff of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in 1985, and in 1991 she became its director, a position she held for 13 years. During her tenure, the Main Street program was widely recognized as one of the most successful economic development programs in the U.S., expanding to a nationwide network of almost 2,000 towns and cities. Click here for more information on Ms. Smith.
At the event, PPS will present the Volunteer of the Year Award, recognizing an individual for exceptional dedication to the projects and programs of the Society; the President’s Award, which honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the Society’s endeavors for an extended period of time; and for the first time, the Community Preservationist Award, saluting an individual who has contributed to the civic life of Providence through support of Historic Preservation. A reception will follow the meeting, giving attendees a chance to meet Ms. Smith and PPS trustees and staff. Grace Church has graciously offered a tour of their historic stained glass windows, a prominent feature of this landmark church designed by the American architect Richard Upjohn.
This event is free and open to the public.
The Providence Business News ran this story the other day about students in RISD’s Architecture Department who presented design proposals for the vacant Arcade to the building’s owner, Evan Granoff.
Without having the proposals to look at, I didn’t really think there was much to talk about and just threw a link to the story up on our Facebook page. Perhaps after the winter break, I’ll contact RISD and see if we can get a look at what the student’s proposed. But in the meantime, I figure, what the heck, if people are bored over the holiday, here’s something to discuss.
PBN reports on the student project:
RISD professor Friedrich St.Florian said the proposals ranged from hotels to building a spa on the third floor, and restoring retail and restaurants to the ground level. All the proposals keep the more than 182-year-old Arcade as the hub of the development and the main entrance. The students also incorporated the lots on either side of the Arcade, including the one with the faÃƒÂ§ade of the Providence National Bank Building.
Granoff told the PBN that the proposals were impressive, but not economically feasible (I have to wonder if economic feasibility was not part of the student’s design brief, or if Granoff is just being obstinate). The PBN article concludes that Granoff is working on a plan to reuse the building (which keeps it intact) and details of that plan should be revealed “early next year.”
Breath is not being held.
One of our readers forwarded his idea of how the building should be used:
My (rudimentary) idea ever since Granoff closed it.
- Ground floor = small scale food concession/retail
- 2nd floor = small office spaces or office condos -or- larger footprint sit-down restaurants
- 3rd floor = 1-2 large commercial tenant(s) or mix of sit-down restaurants and commercial tenants
Providence would be wise to make this our version of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market…
For some holiday weekend discussion, what would you like to see happen with the Arcade?
Notice of Regular Meeting
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 – 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
- Call to Order & Roll Call
1. Case 10.164 – 0 Manton Avenue/95 Hartford Avenue (ICBD)
The applicant will give a presentation on the demolition proposal for the building. Public comment will be taken.
- Call to Order & Roll Call
Executive Session (RIGL 42-46-5(A) (2))
1. Discussion with legal counsel regarding pending litigation:
Bank of America, N.A. v. MLG Properties, Inc., P.B. No. 10-2487
2. Case 10.164 – 0 Manton Avenue/95 Hartford Avenue (ICBD)
The applicant is requesting the demolition of the existing building.
3. Case 10.170 – 238 Adelaide Avenue (South Elmwood)
The applicant is requesting the removal of the existing slate roof and the installation of an imitation slate roof.
4. Case 10.130 – 126-128 Congdon Street – House, c.1908 (College Hill)
The applicant is requesting the approval for the installation of replacement windows. This item is continued from the October 25th meeting.
5. 96 Bowen Street (College Hill)
The owner will appear to discuss replacement windows at the property.
- Approval of 2011 Meeting Schedule
- Election of Vice-Chair, Deputy Vice-Chair
- Agenda (.pdf)
→ The Providence Journal: Endangered properties
Really ProJo? Really!? You’re running a list of the Providence Preservation Society’s 10 Most Endangered Buildings and not anywhere in the piece mentioning that you requested and were given permission to tear one down, making it now the list of 9 Most Endangered Properties?
Way to do some reporting there.
→ StreetsBlog: “Forgiving” Distracted Driving Won’t Keep Our Streets Safe
Over at the National Journal’s transportation experts blog, Greg Cohen, president of the American Highway Users Alliance, wasn’t convinced that enforcement and driver responsibility are the answer. Writing that “we should admit that we all get distracted sometimes” and “enforced legislation and education can only go so far,” Cohen argued that engineering cars and roads to be more “forgiving” of driver inattention and carelessness is the way to go.
→ The Urban Times: 1970s Space Colony Art by NASA
→ Rhode Island Secretary of State: Register to Vote
Saturday, October 2nd is the deadline to register to vote in the General Election. I’m sure everyone is already registered because you voted in the Primary right? Well, just in case, you have until Saturday.
→ Chicago Business: After Daley’s retirement, Chicago needs a new approach
What Chicago really needs now is fewer ideas and orders from the top and more proposals and initiatives from the bottom. In the same way that this city’s economy is much better at applying than innovating, its political culture needs to be opened up so that new, better policies can be implemented.
:cut: Chicago :paste: Providence
→ Human Transit: the perils of average density
Sustainability advocates want higher urban densities for a range of reasons, but viability of public transit is certainly one of them. Meanwhile, advocates of car-dominance want to argue that existing low densities are a fact of life; since transit needs high density, they say, there’s just no point in investing in transit for those areas, so it’s best to go on planning for the dominance of cars.
Mees calls on his fellow transit advocates to let go of the idea that good transit requires high densities.