1447 Westminster Street/Henry T. Molter House, Adaptive Reuse/Neighborhood Revitalization Award
This Queen Anne Victorian residence, designed by architecture firm Stone, Carpenter & Willson and constructed 1888-89, is located in the Broadway-Armory National Register Historic District. Built for Providence brewer Henry T. Molter, the stately home is distinguished by multiple roof peaks, a three-story turret, and a detailed three-story projecting front entry. It was used as a funeral home from 1928 until 2002 when it was purchased by the current owner. The developer, Kismetro, LLC focuses on vacant and underutilized properties in important locations that have the potential to contribute significantly to surrounding neighborhoods and encourage additional revitalization. The company seeks to develop projects that complement the existing fabric of the community.
The exterior restoration was directed by PPS Revolving Fund. The interior architect was SingleSpeed Design LLP. Randy Campano contributed to both the exterior and interior renovations. The three-story house was divided into five condominiums and one office space in accordance with National Park Service standards. Many original features, such as solid mahogany pocket doors, hand-carved mahogany fireplace surrounds, and inlaid oak parquet flooring, have been restored. The grand entrance hall showcases the original Victorian stairway and molded plaster ceilings. This adaptive reuse of one of the finest surviving examples of residential architecture on Westminster Street is a first phase of a plan to create a new neighborhood hub known as the West Village.