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SWAP, Inc. - Stop Wasting Abandoned Property, Neighborhood Revitalization Award, Trinity Place

Nestled between the Bridgham-Arch-Wilson Streets Historic District and the Trinity Square Historic District, SWAP, Inc.’s Trinity Place development transformed an abandoned property into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly commercial hub. Working very closely with Union Studio Architecture & Community Design, the project team used National Register of Historic Places documentation for the surrounding historic districts to determine what neighborhood characteristics should be included in the new development.

Trinity Place is located at the convergence of three diverse and architecturally significant city neighborhoods: West End, Upper South Providence and Elmwood. The three-building development includes a four-story building with ground-floor commercial units, a three-story apartment building, and 11 homeownership townhouses. In the site plan, Union Studio carefully organized the commercial component along Elmwood Avenue and the residential fabric along Arch and Bridgham Streets to be in keeping with the established uses and patterns of the area.

When approaching this site, Union Studio with SWAP performed several neighborhood precedent studies to analyze the typical patterns of the neighborhood, including commercial activity, residential blocks, and the architectural styles that populate the neighborhood. Site lines were taken into account as much as possible, as was providing natural light to the housing units.

SWAP would like to thank Union Studio Architecture & Community Design for working as partners on this project.