Taking his cue from the simple geometries of the industrial building that once occupied this precinct, William D. Warner designed these two rows of housing on either side of the Moshassuck River, which flows along the back side of each row and is highly visible from the more private rear elevations of each. On the street, they present themselves as three- and four-story cast-stone-trim, red-brick buildings varied in profile, articulation, and setting. This is an early and extremely admirable realization of urban contextualism: a fine presence right on the street, as none of the other new construction of this era was, they present a fresh architectural expression with none of the cloying quotations of detail from the past.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture
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