Chet Smolski
Archetype Architects


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Puritt-Igoe, a purveyor of many a public housing project, has been vastly criticized for its failures and etcetera in providing adequate, well designed and resourced public housing (particularly in its St. Louis project). Public housing in Providence is no different than this problematic history, mostly due to underfunding and a many of the Providence Housing Authority projects being established during times of segregation and coerced rather than intentional Civil Rights bill enactings. P-I has since been turned into Avalon Apartments, no longer a public housing project nor affiliated to the "myth" as another sad reality of public housing in Providence.


Bibliography: Woodward, W.M. McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence Preservation Society, 2003. pp. 304. Bristol, Katharine G. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.” Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 44, no. 3, 1991, pp. 163–171. Heathcott, Joseph. "Planning Note: Pruitt-Igoe and the Critique of Public Housing." Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 78, no. 4, Sept. 2012, pp. 450-451. Campbell, Paul. "A Community Apart: A History of Public Housing in Providence." Rhode Island Publications Society, 2007, pp. 215-244.


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Creator 1 Role


Building Type

Apartment building

Building Style



Urban Renewal, Housing

Subject Headings

Rental housing -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Housing development -- Rhode Island -- Providence; City planning -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Megastructures -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Housing development -- Rhode Island -- Providence Urban Development

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name


Street Address

50 Park Row W


Center Place, capital city, rental housing, housing development, city planning, public housing