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Sons Of Jacob Open House

(6.25) With klezmer and snacks and some eye-popping architectural treasures. Hosted by Doors Open RI this event provides an opportunity to learn the history of the Sons of Jacob Synagogue, where a small group continues to worship, and their plans for the future. The original

WaterFire Arts Center Ribbon Cutting

(6.19) This building is almost entirely windows with some brickwork in between to hold the structure up. The WaterFire Arts Center website explains how this excessive fenestration served the needs of the original U.S. Rubber Company: The WFAC has a great number of large windows.

More Free Tours Of Superman Building

[Update: As of 11:43am all three dates have sold out.] Tickets become available starting 11am today, Tuesday. Do not delay. The last time the building owners offered tours, the 200 available slots were snapped up in under two hours. According to the Providence Journal, The

Art & Architecture Book Sale — Rochambeau Saturday

The Friends of Rochambeau are holding a mini book sale featuring near-mint books on art and architecture. Also on sale, “1000s of newly donated CDs.” This is a great idea. People looking for art books will appreciate not having to wade through all the other

Arnold Building Open House

(5.12) The George C. Arnold Building is 12 feet wide and it’s all fixed up now. The rehabilitation of this unique edifice will be celebrated with an open house on Thursday, May 12. The event includes an exhibit of large scale paintings, ‘Reconstructed.’ (Facebook event.)

It’s The Warner Bridge, Or Leave It Be

And the honor should not be shared. (State politics being what they are, that needed saying.) Two proposals for renaming the IWay Bridge have been introduced to the Senate Committee for Special Legislation. According to the Providence Journal, “It’s not something I am going to


Congratulations to Journal staff writer John Hill who managed to find someone willing to speak in defense of the Fogarty Building, now slated for demolition. (ProJo 1.9.16) . . . Ned Connors, an architect and historian of the Weybosset urban renewal project, says he will

Architectural Tours Of Downtown Library Building

Take a guided architectural tour of the Providence Public Library building downtown. Join us for a guided architectural tour of our historic 1900 library building at 10:30 am every first and third Tuesday of each month. Please meet at our 225 Washington Street entrance. The tour will

PPS 2015 Most Endangered Properties List

The Providence Preservation Society has released its 2015 list of Most Endangered Properties. Back for a second year is St. Teresa of Avila Church (1883) on Manton Avenue. The red brick St. Teresa of Avila Church features classical details and a large rose window above

No Place Like Dome

Talk about thinking outside the box. Imagine waking up to this every morning. According to the ProJo, Entrepreneur, historical preservationist and government official Dr. Barrett W. Bready proposes to rehabilitate the iconic Old Stone Bank building on South Main Street — renowned for its green

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Federal Street House — PPS Endangered Property

The Providence Preservation Society has this building at 57 Federal Street on its Most Endangered Properties List this year. Among the oldest buildings on Federal Hill, 57 Federal Street is a two story, 5-bay-facade, center hall-plan house with a single interior brick chimney and a

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Traffic Restrictions Around Brown — Still, Cake

[Additional Note: Good show by Pyrotecnico. Never did get to the cake. BC] (3.7) The area around Brown University should probably be avoided this afternoon by everyone not interested in free cake. The Providence Athenaeum has issued this alert, through clenched teeth — we’re really

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Ward Baking — 2014 PPS Endangered Property

New this year to the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List is the unique Ward Baking Company Administration Building, vacant since 1993. Of the original complex, All that remains is a two-story section of the complex at the corner of Eddy and Marengo. The

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PPS Tour Of First Baptist Church

(8.29) Churches are beautiful and the music is swell. Why can’t we finally retire the magical thinking to the dustbin of history and just enjoy the trappings? This Thursday you can take a PPS tour of  THE oldest Baptist Church in America. The First Baptist

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PPS Tour Of Gloria Dei

(8.15) Swedish Lutherans and whacky light fixtures . . . who knew? These are truly awesome. You’ve probably driven past Gloria Dei hundreds of times — it faces the entrance to the mall parking garage. This Thursday join the Providence Preservation Society for a tour

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Dynamo House Back From The Brink

The 1912 Narragansett Electric Lighting House (a.k.a. South Street Power Station; a.k.a. Dynamo House) on Eddy Street has been on the PPSRI Most Endangered Properties list for two years running. The Providence Journal reports, The University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Brown University