Under the WDADG plan, Benefit Street gained more than 140 new pedestrian-scale light fixtures based on an 1890’s cast-iron gaslight. The design also included several miniature parks. One, on the upper end of Bowen Street contains a walkway connecting Prospect Terrace to Roger Williams National Memorial. Another, near the center of Benefit Street, offers an intimate sitting area with benches and new shade trees. Additionally, over 100 new street trees were planted through the office of the Providence City Forester. Overall, the recreated streetscape combined contemporary requirements for safety and maintenance with the historic character of this famous mile of the historic East Side of Providence. Along with these landscape and lighting improvements, sidewalks and curbing were revitalized and utilities were relocated underground in selected areas to preserve the historic character of the Benefit Street corridor. The design established a successful precedent for other historic streetscape improvement projects throughout the College Hill District.
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Client: Town of Holbrook
Completion Date: 2018
WDA Design Group
Flansburgh Architects - Architect
Nitsch Engineering - Civil Engineer
Garcia, Galuska and DeSousa Consulting Engineers - Electrical Engineer