The Providence Preservation Society has released its 2018 Most Endangered Properties List and they are taking on Brown University. There are five 19th-century buildings on Angell and Waterman Streets that stand in the way of a proposed performing arts center. From the ProJo,
As for the Brown buildings, PPS noted that “Brown has demolished 100 properties in College Hill since the 1950s. The demolition and relocation of five more buildings would result in the permanent loss of the historic, residential context of this block.” PPS added that “the continued sacrifice of historic fabric for institutional growth needs to cease, especially as other nearby areas for expansion exist in the Jewelry District and on I-195 parcels.”
Seen here is the Leonard M. Blodgett House at 127 Angell Street. From the PPS List,
127 and 129 Angell Street are both side-hall plan residences characteristic of the mid-19th century with gabled roofs and classical features. The Leonard M. Blodgett House at 127 Angell Street, built in 1853, is in the Italianate style with a bracketed cornice and distinctive moldings over the windows.
The University is seeking an amendment to its Institutional Master Plan (IMP) through the City Plan Commission to move forward with this plan. They really have to be reined in before they do to this area what they have already done to Brook Street. (We wrote about this demolition last month before the new PPS list came out. I’m so glad they are throwing in on this.)
It has been suggested that a new performing arts center could be located on university property near the School of Professional Studies at 200 Dyer Street where they would be right on the river. What an excellent idea.