Chester Smolski


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Street construction taking place on Weybosset Street in the late 1970s. Weybosset is a part of the cultural core that is downtown Providence, connecting to Westminster St. and Empire St. on opposing corners. The Fletcher Building and the Benjamin Dyer Block can be seen. Both served as incantations of the 20th century storefront, and renovated at the turn of the century. Fletcher was attributed three new stories and Dyer some of its french detailing. Revitalization motions would change the outlook of Weybosset and its place in the downtown area. This construction on the road would lay the groundwork of its current traffic flow, becoming two lanes on this side of Exchange Street.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H, Ronald J. Onorato, and William McKenzie Woodward. Buildings of Rhode Island. Oxford: New York, 2004, pp. 43-44. Woodward, William McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003, pp. 242-244.


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Creator 2 Dates


Creator 2 Role

Architect (Fletcher Building)

Creator 3 Dates


Creator 3 Role

Architect (Benjamin Dyer Block)

Building Type



Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Urban renewal -- Rhode Island -- Providence; City blocks -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Streets--Design and construction; Downtown districts -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name


Street Address

Weybosset Street


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