Preservation

PPS ‘Building Works’ Training Programs

This wide-ranging program from the Providence Preservation Society provides people with training that can lead to employment opportunities as well as DIY skills for homeowners and renters. What could be better: architectural preservation, jobs, and windows that work! The Building Works Programs support two goals. First, we want to support the work being done by

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Most Endangered Properties List — Nominations Wanted

The Providence Preservation Society is seeking nominations for the next Most Endangered Properties List and this year they are expanding the category. For decades, our annual list has advocated for buildings at risk due to neglect, threat of demolition, or critical underuse. However, PPS wants to take it to the next level. Providence is also

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PPS Endangered Building — Harris Avenue

This little fixer-upper is conveniently located on Harris Avenue between the the Mall and Dusk. From the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Property List for 2023: An extension constructed in the 1920s, it originally was the Standardized Wholesale Liquors Co. building. Its location makes for a distinctive shape, notable for an oversized and recessed opening

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Elizabeth Smith — Trailblazing Black Educator

Erected in 1769, the Old Brick Schoolhouse made history in 1828 when it became a public school for pupils of color, known then as the Meeting Street Grammar School. And it was a Black woman, Elizabeth Howland Smith, nee Brown, whose rigorous educational standards as teacher and principal brought honor to both the school and

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PPS Most Endangered Properties List For 2023

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has announced its Most Endangered Properties for 2023. This year’s list puts a focus on publicly-owned buildings, an effort to emphasize the urgency of decades of deferred maintenance, neglect, or under-utilization that is reaching a critical point. The Humboldt Fire Station was built in 1906 . . . [and] decommissioned

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Tear Down For Condos? Hearing At CPC

(11.15) Make way for the Wayland Condominium Development and more of that cheesy, modular crap getting thrown up all around town. Unfortunately, developers want to demolish the existing 19th-century building. (McBride’s Pub will stay.) From the Providence Preservation Society: Myles Standish Associates on behalf of Capstone Properties will appear before the City Planning Commission to

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Addition To Old Brick School House Raises Hackles

“WTF are you guys doing!” The Providence Preservation Society has lost at least one member; architecture critic David Brusatt has tendered his resignation in response to PPS plans for a glass-and-steel addition to the back of their own headquarters, the Old Brick School House built in 1769. From his website Architecture Here and There: That

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Superman Building To Be Saved

At a press conference this afternoon Governor McKee announced plans for the historic preservation and rehabilitation of the Industrial Trust Building (1928), aka the Superman Building. The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) had reason to be particularly excited by today’s news as they have been advocating for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Superman Building

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MEP First Timer — The Purifier House

New to the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List this year is the Providence Gas Purifier House. Most recently, the first floor of this imposing brick pile on Allens Avenue housed Sin Desserts (since relocated to Westminster Street). Built in 1899, the Purifier House originally served the process of coal burning gas production for

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PPS Issues 2022 ‘Most Endangered Properties List’

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has issued its 2022 Most Endangered Properties List with some first-time entries like the Tockwotton Fox Point Cape Verdean Community and the Urban League of Rhode Island building, as well as some perennials like the Superman Building, the Broad Street Synagogue, and the Cathedral of St. John. In the spotlight

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Demolition Proposed For Wayland Square Landmark

The City Plan Commission will be holding a public information meeting in August for a major land development project in Wayland Square on the site of the former funeral home at 230 Waterman Street. The proposal includes demolition of the existing 1892 building (unprotected because it is not part of a local historic district) and

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