Wickenden Street Under Threat

The architectural quirkiness and traditional character of the Wickenden streetscape continue to be threatened. Plans to raze the buildings at 269 (seen here) and the adjacent 249 Wickenden Street and replace them with yet another generic, cheesy-looking mixed-use box, passed a first hurdle Tuesday with the Providence City Plan Commission. Members of the Fox Point

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‘Anytown Architecture’ Everywhere All At Once

There is some comfort in knowing that this crappy generic architecture is a countrywide problem — maybe there will be enough push-back to force these developers back to the drawing board. Providence residents have started noticing how the cheesy sameness of these new buildings is blighting the streetscapes of the city. In “America, the Bland”

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‘Rhody Love Notes’ At Doors Open RI

Doors Open RI has launched a photo sharing site for people who like taking and sharing photos of places they love around the state. Go to Rhody Loves Notes to find out how and where to join in. Not much to it really; just share your Love Note using the hashtag #rhodylovenotes on Facebook, Instagram,

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Neutra Documentary At List Art Center

(12.4) In the mid-1930’s John Nicholas Brown II and his wife Anne set out to change society by embracing modernism and commissioning Richard Neutra’s first building on the East Coast. The house, known as Windshield for its enormous “seamless” windows, was Neutra’s first East Coast commission. Filmmaker Elissa Brown tells the story of her grandparents’

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Art & Architecture Book Sale — Rochambeau Saturday

The Friends of Rochambeau are holding a mini book sale featuring near-mint books on art and architecture. Also on sale, “1000s of newly donated CDs.” This is a great idea. People looking for art books will appreciate not having to wade through all the other stuff — a big art sale is coming up at

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