2019 RHODY AWARD WINNERS
Ballou House before
Ballou House after
Historic Preservation Project Award
Sussy DeLeon and Stephen Biernacki
Sussy and Stephen have restored the elegant Ballou House (1875-77) on Providence’s West Side for a mix of uses including Sussy’s real estate firm, commercial offices, and apartments.
In 1877, a young family moved into their elegant new home on Broadway in Providence. The house featured Gothic/Eastlake dormers on a mansard roof, ornate window caps with drop pendants, an Italianate porch, and a half-timbered side bay. A gift from the husband’s mother, the house stood 40 feet away from her house next door. As they say in the real estate business, "Location, location, location." In 2001, a young realtor purchased the house as a commercial investment. Sussy DeLeon invited her husband Stephen Biernacki to renovate the first floor for her office and the upper floors for rentals. Then they contacted Providence Revolving Fund to assist on a small project and Wayne Trissler stepped in with hands-on support. When porch repairs and a paint job escalated into a total exterior restoration, Sussy and Stephen kept the faith. Today, the restored house showcases Sussy and Stephen’s professional expertise. As we say, “Location, dedication, preservation.”