One Athenaeum Row, Residential Rehabilitation/Restoration Award, 257 Benefit Street
Constructed ca. 1845, 257 Benefit Street is one of five, four-story, brick row houses, each three-bays wide with an Ionic entrance portico, set along the east side of historic Benefit Street. Designed by architects William Tallman and James Bucklin, the heirs of Thomas Poynton Ives built this as an investment property. One Athenaeum Row was purchased by its current owner, Edmond Nickerson, in 2000. Nickerson worked with architect Cornelis J. de Boer of Haynes/de Boer Associates to update the building while retaining as much original historic fabric as possible. As part of the restoration, the service yard at the rear has been landscaped as a series of terraces and planting pockets by landscape architect Lalla Searle of Searle & Searle. The project has been selected for the successful rehabilitation and restoration of this important local landmark. The care and effort put forth in meticulously restoring this property will help to ensure that it remains an important piece of the Providence landscape for years to come.