Yesterday I posted about several projects in Providence, including an excavation of a front yard at 43 Benefit, the Joseph Jenckes House. I talked to Jason Martin of the city’s planning office and he sent me PDFs of the project, of which I post several, begging the reader’s forgiveness for the poor quality of the screen shots. However, the subject of the PDFs, which are a new house just north (left in the photo above) of the Jenckes House, expanded from a car barn designed relatively recently by Bill Kite, and two rear garages, designed by Arris Design, of Providence, seem reasonably attractive. If part of a lawn facing Benefit must be sacrified to show people that beautiful houses don’t have to be 100 years old, the sacrifice may be worthwhile. The Jenckes House itself will be modified slightly. The applicant for permission before the Historic District Commission is Frank Scotti. I am open to the proposition that this project should not go forward, but haven’t heard the case yet.
The site is above. Below are Jason Martin’s PDFs. The first, a plan of the entire project, would be turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise to square with the photo above.