"Providence is a historic city with the claim, among others, to having, in the Benefit Street area, the nation's best collection of 18th century wooden houses and, downtown, one of the finest concentrations of 19th century commercial buildings. It is this history that makes us unique, and it is this history that we celebrate, both in the city and the state, during this, our 350th birthday.
Smolski, Chester, "Haven Brothers: Community in a City of Change" (1986). Smolski Texts. 111.