Ri Historical Society

After nearly four decades as a member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, William McKenzie Woodward is retiring from his post as the commission’s principal  architectural historian.

Universally known as ``Mack,’’ Woodward has been a linchpin in the state’s and Providence’s efforts to preserve historic structures.  He has used lectures, tours and such publications as his `Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources’ and the Providence Preservation Society’s guide to the city’s historic architecture.  

The Dynamo House, the century-old onetime Narragansett Electric power station, now sits as a forlorn reminder of what once thrived along Providence’s downtown waterfront.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay notes, it now stands as a guard to the old Jewelry District that state and city officials are trying to rebrand as a Knowledge District.