Ten Most Endangered Properties — Former RIDOT Headquarters

Former RIDOT HQ Little fixer-upper here. Not new to the Providence Preservation Society’s Ten Most Endangered Properties List, but this 1927 edifice had taken a few years off for additional shambles-enhancement.

A two-story Art Deco building with a flat roof and pier-and-spandrel construction, the former headquarters for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is one of the only examples of the machine aesthetic in the architecture of Smith Hill. It was one of the first modernist buildings erected by the State of Rhode Island.

No plans to begin work on the building have been submitted despite its inclusion on the 2008 and 2009 Most Endangered Properties List.

30 Arline Street, Smith Hill (directions)

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