Parking garage makes endangered list

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Preservation Society is out with its list of the ten most endangered properties in the capital city. And for the first time in the list's 17-year history, it contains a parking garage.

When in 1963 the Providence Outlet Company built a parking garage on Pine Street between Eddy and Garnet, its opening was heralded with a parade and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Now the current owners want to demolish it to make room for a surface lot.

Its architectural significance cries out for preservation says Providence Preservation Society director James Hall.

"The Outlet garage represents mid-century modern architecture, a style that is threatened as properties less than 50 years old are often less understood and consequently more vulnerable to inappropriate treatment or demolition," says Hall.

The list of most endangered properties also includes America's first mall, the Arcade. And for a fifth year it St. John's Episcopal Cathedral made the list.

Ten Most Endangered Properties
1. Admiral Esek Hopkins Homestead
2. The Arcade
3. Jerothmul B. Barnaby House
4. Cathedral of St. John
5. Downtown Providence National Register District
6. Narragansett Electric Lighting (Dynamo House)
7. Grove Street Elementary School
8. Outlet Parking Garage
9. Providence Public Schools: Asa Messer School and Annex, Vartan Gregorian, West Broadway Elementary
10. Neighborhood Theaters: Bomes, Castle, Columbus

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