Preservation Peers

Preservation Organizations

Preserve Rhode Island

Founded the same year as PPS, PRI is a statewide non-profit preservation organization aimed at protecting Rhode Island’s historic structures and unique places for present and future generations.

Providence Revolving Fund

The Revolving Fund was incorporated in 1980 as a separate organization, affiliated with the Providence Preservation Society. Since 2008 it has been a separate, independent organization. Through rehabilitation loans, ownership, development, and sale of property, the Revolving Fund is directly involved in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and commercial areas in the city.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National non-profit organization that holds the national preservation conference, highlights endangered places and offers grants.

Preservation Action

Preservation Action is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of  the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.

Docomomo US

Docomomo US is the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

Other Local Organizations

American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island Chapter

American Society of Landscape Architects, Rhode Island Chapter

Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter

Grow Smart Rhode Island

MidCentury Modern RI

Mile of History Association

The Mile of History District consists of Benefit Street and the streets which intersect it.  The Mile of History Association (MoHA) is a nonprofit sustained by members – residents, neighbors, institutions, businesses, and other stakeholders – that are interested in assuring the district is a safe, healthy, and vibrant community.  MoHA works to: Promote, protect and preserve the National Register of Historic Places designation of the District; and Improve conditions in the community by identifying problems and encouraging resolution by community members. Contact MoHA at

Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the RIHS is a privately endowed, membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island’s history. The RIHS offers a variety of programs and events investigating and celebrating Rhode Island’s unique history, such as lectures, exhibitions, tours, and children’s workshops.

City and State Resources

National Register of Historic Places

For information about what the National Register is and to see if a property is listed.

R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

For information about state and federal tax credits and National Register designation.

Providence Department of Planning and Development

For information about development and planning initiatives around the city.

City Plan Commission

This citizen board is charged with developing the city’s plans for preservation, revitalization, and growth of the city.

Providence Historic District Commission

This citizen board regulates development in designated Local Historic Districts by acting as a design review body.

Maps of locally designated historic properties and districts.

Downtown Design Review Commission

This citizen board is the development plan review body to conduct development plan review in downtown.

Capital Center Commission

This citizen board is charged to adopt, implement and administer a plan of development for the Capital Center Special Development District.

Neighborhood Organizations

College Hill Neighborhood Association

A non-profit organization striving to provide information, services, and resources for all residents of College Hill, and to continually improve the quality of life in the neighborhood by solving issues effectively and constructively, working with community representatives to achieve results.

Fox Point Neighborhood Association

A non-profit, membership-driven organization formed originally over concerns of the re-location of Interstate 195. Today, land use and waterfront development surrounding this process remain two of the organization’s top priorities.

Summit Neighborhood Association

A non-profit, grassroots organization devoted to improving the quality of life of residents of Summit Neighborhood.

West Broadway Neighborhood Association

A non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the West Broadway /Armory District neighborhood.

South Providence

Other Neighborhoods

Other Websites

An advocacy group that provides extensive information on asbestos and the diseases it causes.  Asbestos abatement companies will properly test for the toxic mineral, follow strict regulations and processes, and carry the right abatement removal equipment to keep them, others and you safe from exposure.

An archive of demolished buildings, urban decay, and urban redevelopment, good and bad. Discussions of gentrification, urban planning and policy, and artist housing abounds as well.

Greater City: Providence

Focuses on the development of walkable, affordable, and vibrant neighborhoods that are served by robust mass transit and fueled by greater economic opportunity. Maintains a useful and informative blog relating to different city issues.

The Childhood Lead Action Project works to eliminate childhood lead poisoning through education, parent support and advocacy. The Project is the only organization in Rhode Island devoted exclusively to this critical issue. For information on their programs and educational classes, please visit their website.

Preservation Directory

An online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada.

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