Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Adaptive Reuse & Historic Restoration Award, St. Michael’s Convent, 265 Oxford Street
The former historic St. Michael’s Convent is located adjacent to St. Michael’s Church on a small corner lot within a residential neighborhood in South Providence. In 2010, it was transformed by Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects into a new headquarters for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, providing expanded program space to support the Institute’s mission of teaching the principles and practices of nonviolence and addressing the problems of gang violence. The 18,683 square foot facility includes administrative offices, conference rooms, flexible multi-purpose and performance spaces (including a former chapel), a computer center, other common resource rooms for youth programs and a small health clinic. This rehabilitation project utilized Federal and State Historic Tax Credits, requiring all restoration be performed in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.