Leadership Circle

Human health and safety are at the forefront of our minds right now, and we wish the best for you and your family in these unprecedented times. PPS’s work to keep this city historic and vibrant may become even more challenging, but we remain committed to championing beautiful structures and parks alongside necessary and thoughtful development. Our generous community of donors enable us to continue to advocate for Providence, so thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to support our work.

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

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
  • Acknowledgment 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.

ADLC Members

PPS thanks our generous Antoinette Downing Leadership Circle Members, who support our work with $1,000+ membership donations.

Mr. Ian Barnacle, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver H. L. Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Bilodeau, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Buonanno, Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Burnham, Mrs. Elizabeth Z. Chace, Ms. Judith Chace, The Chace Family Fund, Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Coon, Mr. Jon-Paul Couture, The Lillian Cumming Streetscape Fund, Mr. Warren C. Curtis and Mr. Mark Steinbach, Dr. Anne S. De Groot, Mr. James V. DeRentis and Mr. Brett Smiley, The Felicia Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Florence, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baldwin Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Gilbane, The Hope Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Jagger, Mr. Paul Kappel and Ms. Mary Reineman, Ms. Sally Lapides and Mr. Arthur Solomon, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lee, Mr. Christopher J. Marsella, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauran, IV, Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Moran, Mr. Charles O’Boyle and Mr. Richard Rambuss, Mr. and Mrs. David Odeh, Mr. Charles H. Page, Mr. and Mrs. H. LeBaron Preston, Herbert Rakatansky, M.D. and Ms. Barbara Sokoloff, Mr. Edmund A. Restivo, Jr., Dr. and Mrs. Russell Ricci, Dawn and James Robertson, The Daniel Rosenblatt Foundation, The Sachem Foundation, Mr. Clarkson Schoettle, Ms. Lucie G. Searle, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan W. Seely, The Peggy and Henry Sharpe Fund, Dr. and Mrs. E. Paul Sorensen, The Soutter Family Fund, Ms. Rita Danielle Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Thomas, Ms. Melissa Trapp and Mr. Frank DeAngelis, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Van Noppen, Ms. Victoria Veh, Ms. Martha Werenfels 

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.

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