The City of Cranston

National Register Historic District Nomination in the Edgewood Neighborhood

February 7th, 2015

The City of Cranston, through a grant from the RI Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, has prepared a nomination of the Anstis Greene Estate Plats Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the neighborhood of Edgewood, the proposed district includes approximately 125 properties on Anstis Street, Birchfield Road, Bluff Avenue, Broad Street, Hall Place, Kensington Road, King Avenue, Marion Avenue, Narragansett Boulevard, Rosewood Avenue and Swift Street.

The Anstis Greene Estate was platted as a series of residential subdivisions in the late 1800s, after the area had become linked to Providence by a streetcar line on Broad Street. Most properties in the proposed district date from between 1880 and 1930, and the area was almost entirely built out by the mid-1900s. The result is an extremely cohesive neighborhood with excellent examples of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century domestic architecture, which reflects the suburban development patterns of greater Providence in the period between the Civil War and World War Two.

The State Review Board will vote on whether to approve the Anstis Greene Estate Plats Historic District nomination at the March 11, 2015 meeting of the RIHP&HC.

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