I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I thought I’d just post photos of a couple very nice local buildings, a house and a school office, on the East Side of Providence. Maybe the 40th anniversary of the East Side Monthly, run by Barry Fain (a lonely voice, once upon a time, pushing for tradition on Capital Center Commission’s design panel) and his compatriots. Its anniversary issue, filled with much grist for memory, just came out.
Anyhow, the offices of the Wheeler School at 216 Hope Street are on top. Built in 1913 and designed by F.W. Sawtelle, its Elizabethan Revival design strikes me as among the most enchanting in Providence. And on the bottom is the Bessie and Harry Marshak House, at 549 Wayland Ave., built in 1931. Not sure what to make of its design – eclectic, surely, said to be the work of architect Harry Marshak himself – with its brickwork featuring a huge rough inlaid medallion to the right of its arched, many-paned, ceiling-high front window, and its charming second-floor balcony above its elegantly hooded corner entry. I just noticed this house a few days ago, and I have been back to ponder it several times since. The link takes you to a description by Robert O. Jones in the Gowdey Collection of the Providence Preservation Society.