Tag Archives: College Hill

Fit Brown’s hall into the Hill

Brown University pleased many by rethinking its plan to demolish four old buildings on its campus to make way for an ugly concert hall. Now it plans to build an ugly concert hall without demolishing any old buildings. The surprising … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shaping a Canal St. ethos

Even as a new apartment tower arises on Canal Street, another of similar size and design, just south of it along the eastern edge of the Providence River, faces a harder slog through the city’s development process. It may be … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Development, Preservation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Two attacks on the East Side

These two really ugly new buildings on Providence’s storied East Side reveal a thoughtlessness and lack of consideration on the part of two highly respected private schools. People walking or driving by Moses Brown or the Lincoln School must wonder … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Assault on history at Brown

This afternoon, Providence’s City Plan Commission heard Brown University officials propose to move one and raze four historic buildings to make way for a new performing arts center with a concert hall rumored large enough to swallow the nearby Granoff … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Preservation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Stan Weiss’s house divided

For decades until a year or two ago, Stan Weiss’s antiques collection graced the graceful, gilded the lily so to speak, by residing in downtown’s Tilden-Thurber Building. Then he sold Tilden-Thurber to former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino Jr. Weiss also … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Interior Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

College Hill places fourth

GoLocalProv.com posted a story this morning ranking College Hill as the “fourth most beautiful neighborhood in America.” The website Thrillist.com published the list, and ranked Boston’s Beacon Hill as No. 1. It’s hard to argue with that. But Thrillist cast … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Architecture History, Art and design, Providence, Urbanism and planning | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

A city’s steepled horizon

Shot these photos after penning a strategy for the beautification of Providence that ran last Monday, Nov. 10, at GoLocalProv.com (where I now do a weekly column). The basic thrust of the plan requires the demolition of the city’s 10 … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Development, Photography, Preservation, Providence, Urbanism and planning | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Life on Thayer Street

My family dined al fresco on Thayer Street this evening. Thayer is the main street of Brown University on College Hill, in Providence. We arrived, sat down, got out our mobile media, and noticed a party under way on a … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Development, Photography, Providence, Urbanism and planning | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Preservation, Providence, Uncategorized, Urbanism and planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment