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Christopher McMahan, President's Award

The Providence Preservation Society’s President’s Award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the Society’s endeavors over an extended period of time. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of both the Providence Preservation Society and the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the President’s Award this year goes to the chairman of the steering committee of the PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture, Christopher (Kip) McMahan.

Immediately upon joining the PPS board in 2002, Kip embarked on a major undertaking – the largest publishing effort PPS has ever undertaken. He brought together a group of individuals as a steering committee who would set a high standard in terms of content and design, to produce a book worthy of its sponsors. And he guided the process carefully from beginning to end. It is no understatement to say that this project would not have been possible without his participation. His hard work and dedication have resulted in a permanent record of our most treasured resources, which will help to educate visitors and residents alike for many years to come.