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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

Sojourner House, Neighborhood Revitalization Award, 386 Smith Street

The rehabilitation and reuse of this nineteenth-century residential building for the Sojourner House, an advocacy and resource center for victims of domestic violence, represents nearly five years of planning and project development. The effort not only provides a valuable service to the community, but also helps to revitalize an important thoroughfare in the Smith Hill community. This modest, Greek Revival-style building has been rehabilitated on both the exterior and interior through the hard work and dedication of Betty Bailey, Executive Director; Ed Wojcik, architect; Greg Vaslet of Vasco Construction Management; and Kathy Taylor, board member. The project demonstrates how the preservation and reuse of a prominent local landmark can have a positive impact on its surrounding neighborhood.