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 top of the Atlantic Mills building in Providence is one of the Providence Preservation Society most 'endangered' properties in the city. The Society has been working to redevelop the property; hoping to take advantage of the state's historic tax credits program.
The House will take up a budget Thursday that does not include funding for the state’s historic tax credit program. In his budget, the governor included $52 million in tax credits with a $5 million per-project cap. But in a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the state is taking a one-year break, and points to projects still in the pipeline. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director Brent Runyon said that pipeline needs to stay open.