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Homer and Nickerson Halls, Metcalf Refectory

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1955–1957, Robinson Green Beretta with Warren A. Peterson and Pietro Belluschi, consulting designers. 1985–1987, East and South Halls addition, William D. Warner. 60 Waterman St. and 55 Angell St.

This dormitory complex was originally conceived to blend with the historic neighborhood as a stepped, high-gabled grouping which opened to the slope by platforms and stairs. Although somewhat bland, it sensitively responded to a prevalent desire in the 1950s to reconcile modernism with tradition in a manner associated with the work of Pietro Belluschi. It won an award from Progressive Architecture in 1959. Pity, therefore, that its postmodernist expansion jams what used to be the openness of the complex on its downhill, Waterman Street edge.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Homer and Nickerson Halls, Metcalf Refectory", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 78-78.

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