PPS 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame

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In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Providence Preservation Society paid tribute to fifty influential people and organizations to preservation in Providence with its 50th Hall of Fame program.  Hall of Fame members were honored on Thursday, May 4, 2006, at an awards ceremony and reception at the Rhode Island State House.

PPS’s 50th Anniversary Pioneers List is dedicated to the individuals who, although no longer living, had a major impact on preservation of Rhode Island’s capital city and who were instrumental in PPS’s founding and flourishing.

Standing on the steps of the Rotunda at the Rhode Island State House, Hall of Fame members and Pioneer family members were presented with engraved medals from PPS Trustees.  The 50th Hall of Fame program was sponsored by Mellon.  Thanks to these inductees, PPS continues to help preserve the powerful sense of place we treasure in Providence.


Hall of Fame Individuals:

Harry Adler

Barbara Barnes

Luigi Bianco*

Arria Bilodeau

Peter Borgemeister

Erik Bright

Joseph Caffey*

Arnold Chace

Johnnie Chace

Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace

Vincent A. Cianci, Jr.*

Sean O. Coffey, Esq.

Cornelis DeBoer

Merlin DeConti

Deborah Dunning

Leslie Gardner

Richard Godfrey

Antonio Guerra*

Karen L. Jessup

William Kite

Patricia Moran

Wendy Nicholas

Tina C. Regan

Joan Rich

Clarkson Schoettle

Lucie Searle

Deming and Jane Sherman

Bruce G. Sundlun*

John Wall*

William D. Warner*

Frederick C. Williamson*

James R. and Marilyn H. Winoker

Wm McKenzie Woodward

John Yena*


Hall of Fame Organizations:

The Armory Revival Company

Brown University

Champlin Foundations

College Hill Neighborhood Association

Cornish Associates

Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels

Eagle Square Coalition

Elmwood Foundation

Fox Point Citizens Association


Providence Historic District Commission

Providence Journal

Rhode Island Foundation

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

Stop Wasting Abandoned Property (SWAP)

West Broadway Neighborhood Association


50th Anniversary Pioneers:

Elizabeth G. “Betty” Allen*

Roger Brassard*

John Nicholas Brown*

Beatrice “Happy” Oenslager Chace*

Senator John H. Chafee*

Lillian J. Cumming*

Antoinette Forrester Downing*

Robert E. Freeman*

Mary A. Gowdey*

Barbara S. Gwynne*

Carolyn B. Haffenreffer*

Irving B. Haynes, FAIA*

Bishop John S. Higgins*

William H. Jordy, PhD.*

Eleanore B. Monahon*

Mary Elizabeth Sharpe*

Frances S. Sloan*


*These generous and devoted purveyors of preservation have now passed on; however their passion, commitment, and spirit of giving is reflected in neighborhoods throughout the city.

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