LPA 2018 Annual Meeting: Rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4, 1:30-3 p.m.

Because of inclement weather—and accessibility issues due to ongoing construction at Ninth and Rhode Island streets—LPA has been forced to reschedule its annual meeting again. The meeting is now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Langston Hughes Fellowship Hall at St. Luke AME Church, 900 New York St. The entrance to the Fellowship Hall is on the Ninth Street side of the church. After a short business meeting, we’ll be offering tours of 904 Rhode Island, around the corner. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, Nov. 4!

Please join us for the 2018 Annual Meeting of Membership at LPA’s newest purchase: the Thomas & Hannah Collier house at 904 Rhode Island. We will meet in the side yard. A brief business meeting at 1:30 p.m. will be followed by refreshments. Guided tours through the house will start at 2 p.m.

 904 Rhode island

904 Rhode island

Though the Colliers emigrated from England, 904 Rhode Island has a connection to the Turn- halle. It was owned by the Lawrence Turnverein from 1908 to 1938, when it was sold along with the Turnhalle to the Ernst family, who were members of the Turnverein.

904 Rhode Island has great architectural integrity and is as solid as they come. It has also reached a vulnerable point in its life when a thorough rehabilitation is necessary. That is why LPA has stepped in. We have crafted protective covenants that protect significant elements such as the original windows and existing front porch. Our covenants also direct size and placement if the next or any future owner desires a one-story addition or two-car garage. Our actions will ensure that future residents of 904 Rhode Island will be there because they wish to live in a historic house, rather than a big, new house attached to an old one because they value the location of the lot more than the structure that sits on it.

This is a great opportunity for LPA members to see for themselves this impressive historic house, listed as a contributing property in the North Rhode Island Residential District on the National Register of Historic Places. We are seeking a buyer for the house, and you see the sales listing here.

If you haven’t yet renewed your LPA membership, please do so here!