Preservation

PPS 2020 Endangered Properties List

The Providence Preservation Society has released its latest Most Endangered Properties List. New this year is the Axelrod Music neon sign from the ’50s. Locally, musician and violin dealer Abraham Axelrod established a music store in 1910; by 1913 he opened a shop at the Arcade. Then by mid-century, he moved down the street to …

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RIHS Rehabs 210-Year Old Theater Curtain

What a treat. In anticipation of their 2020 theme “Spotlight RI: Performing Arts in Rhode Island,” the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) launched a conservation of this spectacular 19th-century theatrical drop-scene, a Providence panorama. Fabricated from ten linen panels, and measuring 15 x 24 feet overall, this curtain was originally installed as a backdrop for …

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Halloween At The Castle

(10.26) This building never fails to impress: it’s a real standout on a street loaded with enormous, insanely ornamented, Victorian piles. Over the years, the proprietors of Barnaby Castle have been funding its restoration with income from the first floor event space and by holding these annual Halloween parties. General admission tickets for Saturday are …

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PPS Wants Noms — Most Endangered Properties List

Do you keep driving by a seemingly unloved, ramshackle building thinking, someone should do something with that? Then the Providence Preservation Society wants to hear from you. They may not have that particular gem on their radar, so go here to make a nomination on the PPS 2020 Most Endangered Properties form. Nominations are due …

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Repairing The Wedding Cake House — RISD Museum

(6.2) Every square inch of this enormous structure — inside and out — needed scraping, stripping, dipping, sanding, caulking, varnishing, and painting. Lots of painting. I have yet to see the “after” of the interior of this amazing project*, but I took a tour of the “before.” Since this photo — taken a year ago …

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PPS Reception At Wedding Cake House

(5.23) Want to get a look inside this fabulous architectural gem? The Wedding Cake House — a fixture on the Providence Preservation Society’s (PPS) Most Endangered Properties List for years — now sports a new coat of buttercream frosting. Xander Marro, Pippi Zornoza, and their fabulous crew of volunteers, should be praised for taking on …

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Endangered Properties Through Artists’ Eyes

(4.25) As part of the Sites and Stories Explored Through Scholarship, Art, and Community Engagement project, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will unveil five original artistic works that explore the hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence. Five artists and artist teams were selected to create new works related to four …

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Armory Reuse — Public Meeting

(4.9) A public meeting will be held Tuesday at the John Hope Settlement House to discuss future plans for the Cranston Street Armory. (Facebook event.) From the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA): The meeting, hosted by the State’s Department of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), will feature a presentation by Utile, the consultants working …

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PPS Issues 2019 Most Endangered Properties List

New this year — the Babcock House at 145 Lexington Avenue. The annual Providence Preservation Society (PPS) has issued its latest Most Endangered Properties List and while it includes some stubborn old repeats, it is heartening to note that a few past perennials are now success stories*. Seen here is the William R. Babcock II …

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Broad Street Synagogue Walking Tour

[Update: Tour has been postponed to Thursday, October 18. Thank you, commenter.] In 2019, as a part of their Sites and Stories Explored Through Scholarship, Art and Community Engagement project, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will unveil five original artistic works that explore hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence. We …

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PPS Walking Tour With Walker Mettling

(10.9) The Providence Preservation Society’s Sites and Stories Explored project will focus on the hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence. The PPS has selected five artists and artist teams to create new works related to four sites featured on their 2018 Most Endangered Properties list. Each artist will begin the …

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WBNA House Tour

(10.6) The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) will host their 2018 House Tour, Creative Conversions, this Saturday. The WBNA House Tour takes you through private homes, artist studios, and urban gardens, creatively re-imagined on Providence’s west side, including the Harrison Street Firehouse. The annex to a sprawling 1870s firehouse …

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Lippitt Park Fountain Lecture

(5.18) The history of the Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park will be the subject of a lecture this Friday in the second installment of the Providence Preservation Society’s Spring Lecture Series on the WPA. Landscape architects Colgate Searle and Taber Caton will discuss the history of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain at Lippitt Park. Understanding …

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Second Act For Bomes Theatre

How did those Christmas wreaths get up there? After several years on the Providence Preservation Society’s (PPS) Most Endangered Properties List, the Bomes Theatre, built on Broad Street at Gallatin in 1921, has found a buyer. (4.20.18 ProJo) A sale and renovation of the historic but long-neglected Bomes Theater in South Providence may be imminent. …

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Saved! Brown University Spares 5 Buildings

Architecture critic and author of “Lost Providence,” David Brussat, informs us that Brown University will not be tearing down five buildings to make room for its new performing arts center. From Brussat’s blog Architecture Here and There, Breaking news! Brown has just issued an announcement that it will shift its proposed performing arts center a …

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