John and Ellen Foster House, Commercial/Residential Rehabilitation Award, 377-283 Broadway
Standing prominently along Broadway at Andrews Street, the Foster House is notable for the prominent second-story projecting bay windows with elaborate carved woodwork and diamond-pane window sash. Prior to rehabilitation, the building had been altered and unsympathetic materials added. With assistance from the PPS Revolving Fund, this highly ornate building now features a historically compatible storefront with restored residential space above.
Property owner, Richard L. Cervone of MPG Realty, LLC., worked tirelessly to preserve this important piece of the historic streetscape. Restoration work included repair and replacement of exterior doors and trim, the removal of inappropriate storefront windows and their replacement with historically compatible openings and sash, and a new paint scheme which highlights prominent architectural features of the building. The project benefited from the skill and expertise of Don Skinner Carpentry, DaSilva Painting, Central Falls Glass, and Horner Millwork. The rehabilitation and restoration of this formerly blighted building has brought renewed life and vitality to the streetscape as well as the larger Broadway-Armory neighborhood.