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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

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State Archives Now Online

Students, historians, journalists, and researchers can now go online and check out the state’s catalog of historically significant — and insignificant, but fun — records, documents, and images. Check out the current exhibit, “A Lively Experiment: Rhode Island’s Colonial Charter, 1661-1843.” Commemorating the 350th anniversary

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Thank You Avon Cinema

Congratulations to the Avon Cinema on 75 years of daring, innovative, and fun programming — Harold and Maude, Queen of Hearts, This is Spinal Tap midnights, Blow Up, I Am Curious Yellow, The Happening — and that crazy Low Anthem concert that one time. (Do

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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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PPS Tours Of Sacred Places

Join Robert Jaeger, President of the Philadelphia-based Partners for Sacred Places, as he conducts the Providence Preservation Society’s summer series, “Talk the talk: Walk the the walk — Tours of Sacred Places.” Both Partners and PPS intend to elevate awareness of the historic and often

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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

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Monohasset Mill Presentation

(5.30) Rick Greenwood, Deputy Director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, will delve into the history and redevelopment of Monohasset Mill this Thursday at the Old State House on Benefit Street. Built in 1866, the building first produced fancy cassimeres while operated

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T. Gunny Harboe Speaks At PPS Meeting

(1.31) And the public is invited. So who or what is T. Gunny Harboe? Sounds like a Billy Bob Thornton character; or a football coach, or a roadie for Lynard Skynard; maybe an oil tycoon or a private eye. Why, you could be almost anything