Federal Street House — PPS Endangered Property

57 federal street The Providence Preservation Society has this building at 57 Federal Street on its Most Endangered Properties List this year.

Among the oldest buildings on Federal Hill, 57 Federal Street is a two story, 5-bay-facade, center hall-plan house with a single interior brick chimney and a central entrance with sidelights, located between Atwells Avenue and Broadway. While Federal era houses of this style are not uncommon on the East Side of Providence, the Federal Hill neighborhood was largely undeveloped grazing land before 1820.

While the existing door head may be a modern replacement, several of the building’s details remain remarkably intact including the building’s clapboards and window sash. Unfortunately, the house has been abandoned for several years, with broken windows on the second story leaving the building completely open to the elements.

Little fixer-upper needs love, soon. The house at 57 Federal Street is tucked between Pequot and Newton Streets. It’s an easy walk to Atwells, Broadway, and downtown; a person living here wouldn’t necessarily need a car.

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