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Downtown Providence

St. Joseph's Church, Institutional Rehabilitation/Restoration Award, 92 Hope Street

The restoration of St. Joseph’s Church in Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood helps to ensure that the city’s oldest extant Roman Catholic church will be able to serve the community for another 150 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is widely regarded as an outstanding example of nineteenth-century neo-Gothic ecclesiastical architecture. The extensive interior and exterior restoration of the building included patching and cleaning of exterior brownstone, repairs to the slate roof, restoration of stained glass and the building’s 110-year old bells, refurbishment of the building’s heating system, and a completely restored interior. One of the many remarkable aspects of the project is the fact that it was entirely congregation driven. The fine craftsmanship and attention to detail found in the restoration of this important landmark building are a direct result of the hard work and dedication of Msgr. William J. McCaffrey and members of the congregation, along with architects Dayton Spence and Steve Lerner. The church’s stewardship of this prominent historic building serves as a model for all congregations throughout the city.