Nominations Wanted For PPS Endangered List

Every year the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) solicits nominations for its Most Endangered Properties List from the general public. They may have missed a gem in your neighborhood.

Each year, the Providence Preservation Society seeks nominations from the public for our Most Endangered Properties list. Our annual list draws attention to buildings and places great and small that are suffering from blight, neglect, or threat of demolition. We need your help to identify properties across the Providence landscape. Are you concerned about the future of a beloved or noteworthy place in Providence? Let us know.

Nominations are due by Friday, October 8, 2021.

(The PPS now has an online Guide to Providence Architecture’s tour of Most Endangered Properties, where you can see photos of all the past subjects and their locations. Many of these have now been rescued.)

Go here to view the PPS 2021 Most Endangered Properties list.


Seen here is the Standard Wholesale Liquors Co. on Harris Avenue, built in 1937.

Ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933 repealed Prohibition in the United States. This ushered in the need for buildings such as this one on Harris Avenue just west of downtown and south of the Woonasquatucket River.

New to the list this year, this building has unfortunately lived up to its “vulnerability” threat status; the site of the former Van Gogh nightclub caught fire on July 3.

Officials said that the building was vacant at the time of the fire, but up to 10 homeless people live in the building.

The fire caused heavy damage to the front of the building. The rest of the building suffered from smoke and water damage.

Still looks salvageable.

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