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The red-brick-and-white-trimmed complex designed by Cull, Robinson & Green in collaboration with Seattle-based Pietro Belluschi was an exceptionally strong response to the sweeping hillside site. The building’s design and construction coincided with the city’s study of historic resources on College Hill, and its final form reflected in attitude that blended modern forms with traditional materials. The response was philosophically appropriate for a design school and visually appropriate as an institutional presence in the neighborhood. William D. Warner Architects & Planners’ 1980’s addition, built to the streetline on Waterman Street, masks the clarity of the original building and introduces a somewhat awkward Post-Modern vocabulary.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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