West End Gateway Design Competition

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**The Competition winners have been announced!**

Looking for something to occupy your time during isolation? We have just the thing: a design competition!  

We are asking YOU to share what you would like to see for the former Citizens Bank site at Westminster and Cranston Streets, the gateway to the West End of Providence.

A redevelopment of this historic location has been proposed, which PPS believes is inappropriate for this significant gateway to the west side of the city. In response to this insufficient proposal, PPS named the Citizens Bank site one of this year’s Most Endangered Properties

Today the site consists of the 1921 Citizens Bank Building, a 1978 annex, and surface parking across 2.57 acres. Historically, the intersection has been known as Hoyle Square and Canonicus Square. This is a once-in-a-century redevelopment opportunity, and the West End deserves something better than what’s been proposed.

We want to hear from you — what do you propose for this site? Be creative! Entries will be reviewed by the Providence Preservation Society and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top submissions.

About the Site

Six contiguous parcels located between Westminster and Cranston Streets. Street addresses are: 870, 946, 964 and 1000 Westminster and 57 Cranston Street. The site includes all lots east of Thomas P. Whitten Way except for the lot at 93 Cranston Street occupied by Urban Greens and a new housing complex.

Land area: 2.57 acres

Base zoning: C-2, general commercial district. The C-2 General Commercial District is intended for more intensive commercial uses and key commercial nodes, including larger retail establishments. For more, see the City of Providence Zoning Ordinance beginning on page 5-1 (link below).

Some prompts to get those creative juices flowing:


For your convenience, we’ve provided information about the site and surrounding area.

Site Information and Neighborhood History

Maps and Zoning

List of types of buildings and names of establishments from the 1900-1919 map:

Two- and three-story stores with businesses including: bakery, second hand furniture, paints and paper, offices, lodgings, hand power printing, automotives, storage, painting, blacksmith, sheet metal warehouse, photo glass, printing, bicycle repair, lumber storage, sash door and blind warehouse, carpenter, and “What Cheer Steam Laundry”.

Two- and three-story dwellings, mostly along Cranston Street and Burgess Street (today Thomas P. Whitten Way), which is the western boundary of our project site.

At the turn of the 20th century, the buildings on the project site were predominantly wooden frame construction (noted in yellow).


Top images: from west end of the site looking east | Bottom left image: on Westminster Street looking southeast towards the site | Bottom right image: view from the site eastward down Westminster Street


Send a photo or PRF of your entry, along with a short (500 words max.) statement about your vision, to advocacy@ppsri.org. Entries will be reviewed by the Providence Preservation Society and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top submissions.

Submission Deadline: May 15, 11:59 pm.

DISCLAIMER: PPS and WBNA retain the right to use images and language from entries in communications and marketing.

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