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74 Dexter Street

Lydia Street/Andrew Dickhaut Cottages, Neighborhood Revitalization/Residential Award

Built in 1891, the Andrew Dickhaut cottages on Lydia Street offered workers in the area an alternative to multi-family housing by providing single family homes that afforded privacy while still remaining affordable. These identical workers’ cottages create a serial imagery of gables, dormers, doorhoods, and architectural details, reinforcing the architectural character of the streetscape. Five of the seven cottages along Lydia Street were purchased by Rhode Island Housing Mortgage and Finance Corporation on behalf of Crossroads RI for affordable housing to low-income families.

The project’s high quality design and construction are due to the expertise of Donald Powers Architects and Vasco, Inc, general contractor. The project retains the character of the cottages and streetscape while adding needed improvements for livability. This effort recognizes the importance of affordable housing and its relationship to historic preservation. The restoration of these buildings helps to maintain an important link to the past while providing affordable housing for the future.