House Lust: A Carefully Renovated Mid-Century Estate on the East Side

The before-after images of this five-bedroom house, on a corner lot on Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, are incredible.

In our January issue, we feature four diverse properties with unique exterior color palettes — some punchy, others muted to let the architecture and landscape take center stage. An example of the latter is 80 Clarendon Avenue on the East Side of Providence, which swapped dated red siding with a more modern custom color called “Blackness.” Of the exterior revamp, our At Home contributing editor Jen Steffy Swanson writes, “The dark, monochromatic treatment of the siding, trim and window sashes accentuates the home’s clean lines and pushes the stone forward.” (Pick up your copy of Rhode Island Monthly, on newsstands now, to read the full story.)

The homeowner, George Potsidis, bought the place in December of 2017 for a cool million and he did more than just freshen up the paint job. At the time of purchase, the interior was a veritable time capsule. Check out YouTube virtual tours for some interesting “before” shots:

Heavy chandeliers, dark paneling and dated wall treatments weighed down the mid-century modern beaut, which was designed by architect Domenic Thomas Rusillo in homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, a true believer in the governing forces of nature.

After nine months of work, Potsidis, a developer with four decades of home renovation experience, put 80 Clarendon Avenue back on the market. The property is listed with Potsidis’s own brokerage, Geo Properties, and realtor Timothy Forbes says the renovations are more than cosmetic. The kitchen received a complete overhaul, the house was outfitted with Smart Home capabilities and some layouts were changed. But Forbes says Potsidis kept the mid-century modern aesthetic in mind.

“It was almost like bringing the outside in, and everyone just loves it,” he says.

Here’s your House Lust:

For more information, call Timothy Forbes at 508-243-4228 or visit

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