Historic Preservation Awards

Biennially, the Providence Preservation Society recognizes projects, people, and initiatives that contribute to the organization’s mission and vision for Providence. Awards are selected by an independent jury and the PPS Board of Trustees.

As an organization that celebrates a range of interventions, from small to large, we encourage everyone to consider submitting an award nomination. This year’s nominations are due July 15. 

Project Eligibility: September 1, 2019- May 31, 2022
Submission Deadline: July 15
Awards Dinner: November 15 

Award Criteria

PPS seeks to recognize recent projects that exemplify excellence in historic preservation, thoughtful design, and people-centered planning.

Projects of all sizes are eligible. Projects must be completed between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2022.

Eligible projects will do one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrate that historic preservation can be a tool to revitalize neighborhoods
  • Present historic preservation as an important sustainability practice
  • Support the cultural and ethnic diversity of the preservation movement
  • Be creative examples of saving historic buildings through rehabilitation and adaptive reuse
  • Preserve or restore a historic interior
  • Exhibit outstanding technical proficiency or innovation
  • Represent new design, construction, and additions appropriate within a historic context
  • Display innovative and discreet ways to incorporate ADA adaptations
  • Strengthen place through good urban design and have broad impact on a neighborhood

Additional eligibility

  • PPS will also consider landscape projects within a historic context.
  • We will recognize exceptional efforts to sensitively adapt historic properties to changing climate conditions. These can include, but are not limited to, adaptations to address rising water and energy efficiency.
  • We will consider long-term and sustained preservation efforts that have occurred over years or decades.
  • A people’s choice award will recognize a worthy project(s) popular among nominations from the public.
  • PPS will consider special preservation initiatives and contributions by individuals or organizations. These may include community involvement, commitment to the preservation of Providence, advancement of preservation education, exceptional and original preservation-focused publications or media coverage, and stewardship of a significant historic resource.

Finalists may be notified for site visit requests in late August. Awards will be assigned by an expert jury based on the information and images submitted and the totality of the submission. For more information on the awards nomination process, please email us or call 401-831-7440.

Submission Guidelines

For Professional Nominations

Professionals include architects, preservation consultants, contractors, tradespeople, developers, building owners, institutions, and other entities submitting their own work.

Building projects must be completed between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2022. For special initiatives, a significant component of the work must be completed in that time frame. Please provide as much information as possible on this form.

Send at least two photos (before and after) and no more than five photos illustrating the project achievement to advocacy@ppsri.org. Use the subject line, “2022 Preservation Awards” and include the name and address of the property in the body of the email. For large photographs, please send a Dropbox or Google Drive link (size limit: 8 MB per photo). Please provide a caption for each image submitted, including credit. Submitted images may be used by PPS for publicity or other awards-related purposes.

The professional submission fee is $100.00 per project. The fee is waived for Partners in Preservation. You may mail a check made out to Providence Preservation Society to 24 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02903. Please note the name of the submission in the memo section of the check.

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 15, 2022.

For Community Nominations

PPS welcomes nominations by members of the public that recognize outstanding preservation projects and stewards in the community. Please nominate a project (restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, infill, initiative, etc.) or an individual or organization for consideration. Projects or initiatives must be completed between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2022.

Note: Your nominations may be used by PPS to encourage design/development teams to submit a nomination or for possible recognition through a people’s choice award.

There is no fee for nominations by members of the public. Please provide as much information as possible on this form.

Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 15, 2022.



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