Antoinette Downing Leadership Circle

The Antoinette Downing Leadership Circle (ADLC) recognizes Providence Preservation Society donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. The ADLC level extends unique benefits, as described below.

About Antoinette Downing

Antoinette Forrester Downing was born in Illinois in 1904, and moved to Providence with her husband George Downing in the 1930s. Considered an expert on RI architecture because of her work on the 1937 book “Early Homes of Rhode Island,” Antoinette was vocal in her concern about the threat to Providence architecture posed by the expansion of Brown and RISD in the 1950s. John Nicholas Brown shared her concerns, and together with Elizabeth Allen and Beatrice Chace, they co-founded PPS in 1956. She was instrumental in the production of the College Hill Study in concert with the City Plan Commission and PPS. She also served as the founding chairwoman of the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and chairwoman of the Providence Historic District Commission, and helped to establish Stop Wasting Abandoned Property. The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored her work by establishing the Antoinette F. Downing Fund in 1983, as well as awarding her the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award in 1987. Antoinette Downing passed away in 2001 at age 96.

ADLC members care deeply about the historic character of Providence and know that PPS’s mission of advocacy for historic preservation and thoughtful design and planning is a key component for the success of Providence’s future.  ADLC Members receive the following benefits:

  • Recognition in our Preservation Month e-newsletter and Annual Report
  • Acknowledgement on the PPS website
  • Four tickets to the Festival of Historic Houses AND
  • Four tickets to a VIP Reception

Please contact PPS for further information on the Antoinette Downing Leadership Circle. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law. You may also waive all benefits, making the full amount of your contribution tax-deductible. For additional information on individual giving, please call Angela Kondon at 401.831.7440.

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