Most endangered properties in Providence

By: Chelsea Priest

There are some surprising picks for this years most endangered properties in Providence. These are spots that have been neglected or even abandoned, the most shocking may be our state's capital.

The Rhode Island Statehouse is where our laws are made and some of the most powerful people in the state work. This year, for the first time ever, its lawn is being called endangered.

Brent Runyon is the Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society. He explains, “The reason we put it on as a last minute addition is that there was an expansion of an existing parking lot. That lawn is a historic landmark and if anything, the direction of paving should be taking it off the state house lawn.”

The Providence Preservation Society puts together this most endangered list every year, but this time some pretty notable landmarks were added. One of the most recognizable is the Industrial Trust Building or the “Superman” building.

It turns out though that being on the list isn't all bad. One historic landmark in Downtown Providence was on the list for years, The Arcade. Just last year the building reopened with brand new apartments, restaurants, and shops.

Runyon says, “It just goes to show that if you keep a building standing long enough you'll find the right use, the right owner, the right economics and so our goal is really to keep these buildings standing as long as possible.”

Here is a list of all the properties listed this year:

1. 57 Federal Street

2. Atlantic Mills

3. Bomes Theater

4. Doyle Avenue Historic District

5. Grace Church Cemetery and Cottage

6. Historic Houses of Worship (including Broad Street Synagogue, Cathedral of St. John, St. Teresa of Avila Church, United Presbyterian Church, Westminster Congregational Church.)

7. Industrial Trust building

8. Former Rhode Island Department of Transportation Headquarters and Garage

9. State House Lawn

10. Ward Baking Company Administration Building

You can find more information by visiting the Providence Preservation Societies website:


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