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Dirt Palace Takes On Wedding Cake House

[Update: The sale has been approved. Plans for a bed-and-breakfast. See ProJo 2.23.17) Back from the brink. Looks like the famed Wedding Cake House on Broadway will soon have a new owner. The Providence Preservation Society has included this imperiled confection several times on its

PPS 2017 Most Endangered Properties List

How is this possible? New to the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List is the Welcome Arnold House on Planet Street off Benefit. The PPS site has several views of the house. Given its location, it’s incredible that this wasn’t scooped up and restored

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

Bat-Signal Goes Up For The Superman Building

By the time I had pulled up a photo of the Superman Building to discuss the upcoming tours, the tickets had all been snapped up. (Info at Save Superman RI.) I do hope someone can save this building. According to the ProJo, The tours will

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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