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Downtown Providence

Architectural History of Providence's Cooke Street Neighborhood

In 2013 and 2014, historian Kathy Cavanaugh conducted an architectural survey of the Providence neighborhood between Hope, Angell, Governor, and Power Streets as part of an ongoing effort to determine whether this area may be suitable for Local Historic District Designation. With Cooke Street running through the center of the neighborhood, this twelve block area includes a diversity of architectural styles not seen elsewhere in the State of Rhode Island – showcasing highly intact examples of Federal, Victorian, Colonial Revival-style homes. The study area includes three districts on the National Register of Historic Places, and two National Historic Landmarks.

In this presentation, Ms. Cavanaugh discusses the historic development of this part of Providence - from a rural outpost on the outskirts of the city to the eventual home of many of Rhode Island’s most prominent citizens.

This project has been made possible by a grant from the Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate (ADDD) Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, a charitable community trust serving the people of Rhode Island.