An atmospheric new photography exhibit showcases ‘The Ten Most Endangered Properties’ list generated annually by the Providence Preservation Society. Many of the area’s most talented photographers are represented here. Some images shimmer like spectral apparitions in unrecognizable dreamscapes; others already have a vintage look, like photos found in a box in the attic. This photo of the Arcade by Traer Scott could be from an old stereopticon card — a keepsake from some long-gone edifice we can no longer visit.
The Ten Most Endangered Properties List helps to call attention to significant historic and architectural resources citywide that are endangered by threats including deterioration, insufficient funds, insensitive public policy and inappropriate development–problems that jeopardize many properties throughout Providence. The List, which this year includes nineteenth-century commercial buildings, neighborhood landmarks, reminders of Providence’s industrial heritage, and properties owned by private institutions and citizens, is meant to generate interest in and support for the preservation of these significant resources; to educate the public about the benefits of historic preservation and the extraordinary stock of historic properties in our city; and to spur property owners, developers, and other interested parties to bring about positive changes in the properties.
This photography exhibit features striking photography by some of the most talented professional photographers in Rhode Island: Jan Armor, Michael Cevoli, Ryan Conaty, Andrew Dernavich, Stephanie Ewens, Adam Hall, Deborah Hickey, Brian McDonald, Frank Mullin, and Traer Scott. Using both black and white and color prints, and a variety of photographic formats, the photographers reveal unique details of the buildings and illustrate the story of their endangerment.
Free, runs through October 16, Chabot Gallery, 379 Atwells Avenue