The Providence Preservation Society announced the 2020 Most Endangered Properties List at our Annual Meeting on January 23. The list is comprised of architecturally and historically significant properties in Providence threatened by neglect, deterioration, or demolition.
For over 25 years, PPS has worked with concerned neighbors, owners, and activists to develop the annual MEP List. Its purpose is to generate interest in and support for the preservation of vulnerable structures; to educate the public about the benefits of historic preservation and the diverse architectural resources in Providence; and to foster creative collaboration among property owners, developers, and other interested parties to bring about positive changes to each property. Buildings and artifacts on this year’s MEP list represent a variety of aspects from the city’s history.
“Providence is known far and wide for incorporating its rich history and bold art into its bright future,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Each year, the PPS Most Endangered program shares the story of our city through its most treasured gems while encouraging creative approaches to bringing them back to life. As we continue to build our reputation as a world-class city, these historical sites are not only reflective of where we have been, but of all the places we have yet to go.”
PPS 2020 Most Endangered Properties List:
- Industrial Trust Building (aka Superman Building), 111 Westminster Street, Downtown (1928)
- Axelrod Music Neon Sign, 251 Weybosset Street, Downtown (c. 1950s)
- Citizens Bank and Adjacent Parcels, 870 Westminster Street, West End (1921)
- Broad Street Synagogue (aka Temple Beth El), 688 Broad Street, Elmwood (1910)
- Crook Point Bascule Bridge, spanning Seekonk River (c. 1908)
- RI State Board of Public Roads, 30 Arline Street, Smith Hill (1931)
- Commercial Building, 1107 Westminster Street, West End (c. 1890s)
- I-195 Redevelopment District Parcels 42 and P4, between Dyer Street and Providence River, Downtown
- Water Supply Board Building, 552 Academy Avenue, Mount Pleasant (c. 1908)
- Providence Public School Buildings, as represented by Hope High School Auditorium, 324 Hope Street, East Side (1938)
Many buildings featured on past Most Endangered Properties lists have been saved or are in the process of being restored, including the Bomes Theatre (Broad Street) and the Beresford-Nicholson House (Blackstone Boulevard).
Click here for a full description of all of this year’s properties