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PPS Most Endangered Properties 2016

Every January the Providence Preservation Society releases an updated ‘Most Endangered Properties’ list. Sadly there are some very familiar faces on the current list — the Cranston Street Armory, Atlantic Mills, the Industrial Trust Building — monumental properties in need of deep-pocketed collaborations and some

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Hospital Seeks To Demolish Historic Building

(11.17) The Providence Preservation Society has issued an advocacy alert. Can this glorious Victorian Gothic pile be saved? Rhode Island Hospital will appear before the City Plan Commission to request the demolition of the the historic Southwest Pavilion. Located at the heart of the Hospital’s

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PPS Calls For Endangered Properties Noms

Is there a building in your neighborhood in on life-support? Teetering on the brink but full of potential? The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is taking nominations for the next ‘Most Endangered Properties’ list. (Click here to fill out online nomination form. Deadline October 30th.) More


Tirocchi House Needs Help

An urgent plea from the owners of the famous Wedding Cake on Broadway. After years of vacancy and deterioration, the iconic Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House (1867) is in dire need of repair. Included on the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties list in 2010, 2012, and 2015,

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Lippitt House Block Party — Free Cake

(6.28) And Bill Harley. This event happens rain or shine. Celebrate 150 years of being a building at the Lippitt House Block Party. Facebook event page. Entertainment and attractions include; for kids the YMCA’s 40′ inflatable obstacle course, food vendors, works by local artists and

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Fox Point Lecture At Barker Playhouse

(6.4) Time is running out for tickets to “The Development of Fox Point,” a special lecture to be given Thursday as something of a preview to the upcoming PPS Historic House Festival. Join architectural historian Mack Woodward (author of the PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture

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2015 PPS Historic House Tour — Fox Point

This year the PPS Festival of Historic Houses features more than a dozen homes and gardens in the Fox Point area. These are some of the oldest houses in the city. Some history from the ProJo, The first port in Providence was built at India

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Esek Hopkins Back On The PPS MEP List

Ideas anybody? Having made its debut 20 years ago, and clearly not painted since, the Esek Hopkins House at 97 Admiral Street is once again on the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Property List. Location, location, location: The 7-acre homestead is situated in a no-man’s


WBNA House Tour

(10.4) You can tour ten of West Broadway’s most interesting and newly revitalized properties this Saturday for $35. This includes some of those massive piles on Broadway itself, as well as a residence on Sutton Street, Brighton Street, and the Armenian church on Broadway which


City Creates Historic Landmarks District

Following years of discussion about how to address historic properties not currently protected within local historic districts, the City of Providence recently proposed a new “Historic Landmarks District” which would include historic residential buildings and oddball structures and landmarks throughout the city. The goal of

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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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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 Most Endangered Properties List 2014

The Providence Preservation Society has released its 10 Most Endangered Properties List of 2014; some old friends are back but new this year is the State House lawn. Good call! Part of the lawn was hastily torn up last year to expand an existing parking

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PPS Annual Meeting — Speaker Jennifer Bradley

(1.23) The Providence Preservation Society invites the public to their annual meeting on Thursday featuring the second installment of  ‘Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience.’ Speaker Jennifer Bradley, a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and co-author of “The Metropolitan Revolution,” will

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Narrowest Downtown Building Getting Rehab

Another cool old building is getting a second act. The Providence Journal reports; The Providence Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday transferred ownership of the historic and vacant building, located just blocks from City Hall, to 100 Washington Street LLC, a private entity. Developers Dave Stem and

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The Providence Arcade Starting To Open

(10.21) According to the Arcade Providence Facebook page, retail tenants are preparing for a soft opening Monday at 10:15am on the Westminster Street side. The Providence Journal reports “Eleven of 17 stores in the historic Arcade will open Monday, and developer Evan Granoff will hold