2019 RHODY AWARD WINNERS
Carriage house before
Carriage house after
Historic Homeowner Award
Martha Werenfels and Frank Satterthwaite
Martha and Frank have restored the Queen Anne-style Eudora Beynon and Ada Puffer House & Carriage House (ca. 1887) in Cranston.
Around 1887, two sisters built a Queen Anne-style home on Pawtuxet Neck, overlooking the Providence River. Eudora Beynon and her husband Joseph occupied the north half, while Ada Puffer and her husband Charles lived in the south half. In addition to the perfectly symmetrical dwelling, the sisters erected a perfectly symmetrical carriage house. By 2016, the buildings were largely intact, but in rough shape. Architect Martha Werenfels and her husband, Frank Satterthwaite, came to the rescue. At the house, they returned the porches to their historic configuration, repointed chimneys, and restored original multi-light windows. A sensitive reconfiguration of interior spaces respected the historic floor plan. The carriage house’s collapsing foundation was stabilized and deteriorated framing, shingles and trim were replaced in-kind. Martha and Frank created a home for themselves in one half of the house, a rental unit in the other half, and a charmingly offbeat apartment in the carriage house. No doubt Eudora and Ada would be pleased.