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2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties

  • The Arcade
  • Atlantic Mills Towers
  • Benjamin Dyer Block (western half)
  • Brownell & Field Co.; Terminal Warehouse Co.
  • The Cathedral of Saint John and Diocesan Properties
  • Providence National Register District: George C. Arnold Building, Providence National Bank Facade, Teste Block
  • Grove Street School
  • Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House
  • Rhode Island Hospital Southwest Pavilion
  • Temple Beth El (Shaare Zedek Synagogue)

UPDATE: 2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties

2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties Photo Exhibit
514 Broadway- Photo by Jan Armor
Photographer Jan Armor has created a slideshow of all ten properties on the 2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties List. Jan participated in the 2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties Photography Exhibit, where we showcased a virtual exhibit of all the ten properties on the List. Click here to view the complete show.

Brownell & Field Co. Building Demolition Approved

Listed on PPS’s 2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties List, the Brownell & Field Company building (1907-08), located at 119 Harris Avenue, represents one of the few remaining historic structures of its kind due to the demolition of other warehouses and industrial complexes in Smith Hill. This historic building was the original home of Rhode Island's famed Autocrat coffee company and is included in the city's Industrial and Commercial Buildings District (ICBD).

On September 20, 2010, the Historic District Commission (HDC) voted to approve the demolition of the Brownell & Field Co. building. Although this is clearly a case of demolition by neglect, as pointed out by members of the HDC, the hands of the Commission were tied in this matter as owner neglect is not reason enough to deny an application for demolition. This matter points out a clear flaw in the HDC guidelines and standards, which members of the Commission have vowed to bring up with the new Mayoral Administration. PPS will join the HDC members in advocating for new guidelines and standards to prevent further cases of demolition by neglect.

Providence National Bank Facade

In the September 11th edition of the New York Times, the Providence National Bank Facade, one of the properties featured on the 2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties List, was included as an unforunate example of stalled development that has had a major impact on the city of Providence. Read the complete article here.

Grove Street School Call to Action: 4 Years is Too Long to Wait

Grove Street School during demo
Grove Street School February 5, 2007
Today marks the four year anniversary of the illegal partial demolition of the Grove Street Elementary School, one of our Ten Most Endangered Properties. Over the past four years, the owners have appealed each court battle that the City has won in the fight to save this building. But, even as this historically significant building wins in court, it remains vulnerable to damage from weather and vandals due to owner neglect. 

We are asking you to please contact city officials to let them know that this building needs to be secured as has been required by numerous court rulings. The Grove Street School has the potential to serve the residents of that neighborhood, and beyond, and there are interested parties waiting for the opportunity to save it. What is the hold up?


Mayor Angel Taveras          421-2489    

City Council Office              521-7477     

Department of Inspection & Standards 421-7740 x371


The Arcade, Downtown Landmark, Neglected but Not Forgotten

The Arcade Exterior
The Arcade (1828); Photo by Traer Scott
PPS Executive Director James Hall speaks with Sam Valorose from GoLocalProv about the importance of the Arcade and why this iconic building needs to be saved.

The Arcade: What's at Stake

The Arcade: Historic Treasure Worth Saving