Mack Woodward retiring from RI Historical Preservation Commission

Sep 18, 2014

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.  

Woodward, an erudite and personable man,  has also authored six of the preservation commission’s surveys of historic resources and many Providence Preservation Society Festival of  Historic Houses guidebooks.

Woodward has been a member of the preservation society’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years.

On September 28, Woodward will be honored at the sixth annual R.I. Preservation Commission celebration. For ticket information, go to