The asymmetrical palace/villa amalgam seen here, so common in Providence’s mid-nineteenth-century Italianate houses, is now only the frontispiece for a large addition design by Lerner/Ladds + Bartels. The attempt at contextualism by both client and architect is commendable and, to a degree, successful; indeed, little could be improved on in the design. The complex emphasizes, however, the difficulty of shoehorning ambitious institutional programs into historic residential neighborhood. And there’s more across the street.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture