PPS 2011 Ten Most Endangered List

providence national bank, facade The Providence Preservation Society has released its annual ‘Ten Most Endangered Properties’ list. Back on the list is the Providence Arcade (picture after jump) vacant since 2008. Recently a few mysterious signs appeared indicating that a “marketplace” was coming soon, but no one, including the building’s owner, knows what that might be about. (Mario Hilario reported for Channel 10.)

New on the list is the Downtown National Register District, with properties on Washington, Weybosset, Westminster and Dorrance Streets.

The overall quality of the Providence Downtown National Register District is being compromised by a number of factors: public policy insensitive to preservation, unregulated demolitions, and the currently depressed real estate market following the previous boom. Stronger demolition policy ordinances must be put in place to protect the historic fabric of Providence’s Downtown.

Seen here is all that’s left of the Providence National Bank on Weybosset Street, the façade — a fitting metaphor for the public servants who gave the demolition the green light. The building was gutted in 2005. (More at ProJo)

The Providence Arcade.

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