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 Most Endangered Properties List, most recently in 2016. According to the Providence Journal,

The Providence Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday may approve the sale of the Wedding Cake House at 514 Broadway to The Dirt Palace, a feminist arts group in Olneyville.

The PRA’s Wednesday meeting includes an “update on 514 Broadway” and “a motion to approve sale of 514 Broadway to The Dirt Palace for an artist in residence program.”

From the Dirt Palace website:

The Dirt Palace feminist art space was founded in 2000 in an abandoned library building in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. The Dirt Palace is a self organized collective that supports women artists by providing affordable studio space, facilities, shared resources, opportunities, a culture of cooperation, and maintains visibility in the community through a committed public arts presence and long term relationships. Over the past 14 years the Dirt Palace has served as an incubator for over 40 women artists, and has become an underground institution.

I think their “underground” days are over.

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