William H. Dyer House, Neighborhood Revitalization Award
The restoration of the William H. Dyer House at 60 Maple Street demonstrates how the preservation of a prominent local landmark can help to revitalize a neighborhood. Constructed by local builder William H. Dyer, 60 Maple Street was one of the first triple-deckers built in the city, and is a fine example of the popular Italianate style. During the latter half of the last century, the National Register-listed building fell increasingly into a state of disrepair. Located in the Pine Street National Register Historic District, the building was listed on the Society’s 2001 and 2002 Ten Most Endangered Properties Lists. The renovations to 60 Maple Street were part of a larger revitalization and housing initiative in Upper South Providence undertaken by SWAP, Inc. The restoration of this building to the designs of Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects helps to maintain an important link to the past while providing affordable housing for the future. The tireless efforts to restore this building while providing affordable housing have had a tremendous impact on the surrounding neighborhood. The restored building stands as a beacon of hope and symbolizes the hard work and dedication of this organization.