A Third “Rhody Award” for Lila Delman Real Estate


The Rhode Island–based Lila Delman Real Estate International has earned the prestigious “Rhody Award” for historic preservation from the state’s Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission—an honor bestowed because of their investment in a 232-year-old landmark in Providence. On a recent beautiful evening at Rosecliff, Melanie Delman accepted her third “Rhody Award” with her team at Lila Delman Real Estate International.

This is the third Rhody Award the company has won for its preservation efforts, an accomplishment that is unprecedented in Rhode Island. (In 2010, Preserve Rhode Island honored Lila Delman Real Estate International with a Rhody Award for restoring its offices in Newport and Narragansett). Lila Delman Real Estate International was also presented with the first Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award, given by the Newport Restoration Foundation, for its Newport building.

“Location is everything in the real estate business, and no one knows the value of an eye-catching property better than Melanie Delman,” commented Valerie Talmage, executive director of Preserve Rhode Island.

Lila Delman Real Estate International purchased the building at 369 South Main Street—which had been the Earle Warehouse, built in 1784—and restored it with modern amenities to create the brokerage’s new Providence location. The office is sited across from the Providence River near a new pedestrian bridge that will link the East Side with downtown Providence.

“It is important for us to live and work in buildings that reflect our boutique international brand and the important properties we represent,” said Melanie Delman, president of Lila Delman Real Estate International. Lila Delman Real Estate International worked with J. Michael Abbott of Northeast Collaborative Architects to reimagine the space and Jeremy Sherer, president of Suburban Renewal, Inc., was the general contractor. This was the second award-winning collaboration between Lila Delman Real Estate International and Suburban Renewal: Jeremy also worked on the restoration of the corporate office in Narragansett, which was originally a private men’s club, the Reading Room.

The Rhody Award for Historic Preservation honors Rhode Island’s community leaders who invest in the preservation, restoration, and sustainability of key structures around the state. In 2009, the commission teamed up with advocacy group Preserve Rhode Island to honor those who make such investments as they bring Rhode Island’s proud history to life. 

For more information, contact Melanie Delman of Lila Delman Real Estate International at 401.284.4820 or melanie.delman@liladelman.com.