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Mowry Nicholson and Christopher Dodge Houses, Commercial Rehabilitation/Restoration Award, 57 Brownell Street and 11 West Park Street

The rehabilitation of both the Mowry Nicholson and Christopher Dodge houses as bed & breakfasts continues the efforts already undertaken to preserve and revitalize the Smith Hill National Register Historic District. These projects not only serve to preserve important pieces of our historical heritage, but they also respond to the increased interest in Providence as a destination for tourists and visitors. As a past listing on the Society’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List, the Mowry Nicholson House has been given renewed life and brought back from the threat of demolition. Restored on both the interior and exterior, original architectural detailing and materials have been preserved, bringing both buildings back to their original character and elegance. The collaboration of building owners and developers Kenneth Parker, Frank Hopton, and Michael Integlia, Jr., with architect Joseph Cornwall have helped to ensure that the buildings continue to dominate the Providence skyline for years to come. The two projects serve to strengthen revitalization efforts taking place not only in historic Smith Hill, but throughout the city as well.