PPS Issues 2022 ‘Most Endangered Properties List’

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has issued its 2022 Most Endangered Properties List with some first-time entries like the Tockwotton Fox Point Cape Verdean Community and the Urban League of Rhode Island building, as well as some perennials like the Superman Building, the Broad Street Synagogue, and the Cathedral of St. John.

In the spotlight today is the Rhodes Street National Register Historic District, in the area of Janes and Rhodes Streets. This is south of the hospitals (but not too close) with Rhodes Street ending at Eddy Street. (Bonus: Walking distance to Flames!) This district had already been on the list in 2001, 2001, and 2017. The PPS categorizes the threat as “erosion.”

The district originally included 20 contributing residential buildings on Rhodes, Alphonso, and Janes Streets. When the district was first listed as a MEP in 2001, six of the original buildings had been lost; today only 11 remain, meaning that half of the historic district is gone. . .

The streets featured a variety of architectural styles including Greek Revival,  Italianate, and Queen Anne, and several residential types including large single-family and multi-family  dwellings, cottages, bungalows, and tenements.

This is a swell little neighborhood — Rhodes Street is only two blocks — with amenities that should appeal to young families.

Today, on the site of the former Elizabeth Harris  House (c. 1893) at 10-12 Janes Street is the Janes Community Garden owned and managed by the Southside Community Land Trust. The Arthur and Ruby Lawrence Park and playground, at the site of the c. 1890 end gable tenement house at 10-12 Alphonso Street, was named for the late couple who resided around the  corner on Rhodes Street on the occasion of their 75th wedding anniversary.

(Seen here is 231 Rhodes Street.)



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