Proposed for Benefit Street


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.


About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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