Greater City Providence

Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – April 14, 2014


The George C. Arnold (“Narrow”) Building on Washington Street.

[alert type=”muted”]Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, April 14, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903[/alert]

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 10,2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.4: 250 Westminster Street (Alice Building) Proposal by Cornish Associates to replace the existing window system with a new window system, and to install a new awning system on the Union Street elevation of the building.

[alert type=”warning”]Full disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates.[/alert]

2. DRC Application No. 14.5: 100 Washington Street (Arnold Building) Proposal by David Stem to restore the entire building, including the installation of new storefronts on the Washington Street elevation.


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Jef Nickerson

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  • This is the Planning Department’s Staff Report on the Narrow Building for Monday’s DRC Meeting:

    In the past, most of the exterior alterations have occurred at the ground level, with the upper floors relatively untouched. The ground level storefronts, which have been badly altered, are to be restored (loosely based on historic documentation). Historically it appears that there were six individual storefronts and remnants of the original storefront system, the glass transoms and some copper pilasters and panels, are still in place. The applicant plans to remove the existing non-original corner entry at the western end of the building. The applicant proposes the installation of new aluminum storefront windows and transoms. Both of the commercial units will have a one new aluminum entry door and sidelight. The new lobby door and two side entry doors that lead to the commercial spaces and basement will be aluminum and glass. The new ground floor doors swing out onto the sidewalk, however, the Acting Director of Public Works has signed off on the plan providing the applicant use planters next to the doors to protect pedestrians. The bases of the storefronts are to be clad with dark green serpentine marble tiles. Other work items include the replacement of the windows on the upper floors with new aluminum windows (consisting of two double hung windows and a fixed window), repair, restoration and repointing brick, and restoration of metal decorative details where needed. All work is to match existing.

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