Providence Preservation Society Spring Calendar
The Providence Preservation Society is pleased to announce our spring program calendar! In an effort to continue the discussion thatstarted at our fall symposium, PPS is offering a number of ways for audiences to re-imagine cities, and stay engaged in 2013.
Beginning in February, PPS Executive Director James Hall will again moderate a series of discussions at the Providence Athenaeum. The three-part “Curating the City: Temporary Installations, Permanent Impressions” series will feature Hall in conversation with collector Vincent Buonanno on Buonanno’s contributions to the exhibit The Festive City, on view at the Museum of Art RISD; Diana Johnson, 195 Commission and Johnnie Chace, Greater Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy to discuss a temporary approach to enriching Providence’s open spaces; and Artist/Researcher Adj Marshall to discuss cultural, economic, historical, and ecological interpretations of space.
This year, PPS is happy to bring back our “Preservation Conversations” series to give speakers the opportunity to interpret the built environment from their own unique perspectives and delve into what gives cities their “sense of place.” On February 21, join illustrator Joe McKendry (RISD Faculty), author of One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World, for a conversation about Time Square’s evolution, and his process of writing and illustrating the book. On March 7, the Providence Athenaeum’s Christina Bevilacqua will examine Marcel Proust’s understanding of architectural landscape of cities. On March 14, Roger Williams National Memorial experts Karen Cowperthwaite, ASLA, and Jennifer Smith will discuss the historical development of the Memorial park site over the past 400 years.
Our “What Makes a Great Building?” series is also back, in which Providence architects discuss buildings they applaud from the past alongside examples of their own design. This year, we will be joined by Cornelis deBoer, AIA, Principal at Haynes/de Boer Associates; Donald Powers, AIA, LEED AP, CNU, Principal at Union Studio; and Martha Werenfels, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects.
During our “Go Modern!” tours in April, fans of architecture will get the chance to visit impressive examples of modernism dating from the 1930s through 1970s. On Saturday, April 13, we will explore the Paul Rudolph-designed campus at UMass Dartmouth before traveling to a rare example of residential Brutalism in Westport, MA. One week later, we will take a trip to New London, CT, to visit the House of Steel (1933) and the Winslow Ames House (1934) on the campus of Connecticut College. The House of Steel was recently reconstructed following a complete off-site restoration. Our “Go Modern!” tours are being organized in association with Mid-Century Modern RI.
In the weeks leading up to our Festival of Historic Houses PPS will be joined by architectural historians Kathy Cavanaugh and Rick Greenwood to discuss the histories of Prospect Street on College Hill and Monohasset Mill in the Valley neighborhood.
As we begin the restoration of our own Brick School House on Meeting Street, PPS is partnering with Preserve Rhode Island to present several of our Thursday evening programs at the 1865, Governor Henry Lippitt House. As a result, our Thursday evening lectures will be free for both PPS and Preserve Rhode Island members. Make sure to check the location of each program.
We hope to see you this spring!