Providence Preservation Society

After nearly four decades as a member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, William McKenzie Woodward is retiring from his post as the commission’s principal  architectural historian.

Universally known as ``Mack,’’ Woodward has been a linchpin in the state’s and Providence’s efforts to preserve historic structures.  He has used lectures, tours and such publications as his `Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources’ and the Providence Preservation Society’s guide to the city’s historic architecture.  

Providence Preservation Society

The House will take up a budget Thursday that does not include funding for the state’s historic tax credit program. In his budget, the governor included $52 million in tax credits with a $5 million per-project cap. But in a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the state is taking a one-year break, and points to projects still in the pipeline. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director Brent Runyon said that pipeline needs to stay open.

Jesse Burke / Providence Preservation Society

The Providence Preservation Society is out with its annual list of the most endangered properties.

These are buildings of historic or architectural interest that are threatened by neglect or development.

This year’s list includes the Superman Building in downtown Providence, which has been sitting vacant since its tenants moved out last year.

The Statehouse lawn is also included; it was partly mowed over to create more parking spaces.

Also on the list is a building at 57 Federal Street, which the society says is one of the oldest buildings in Federal Hill.

Providence to Seek Control of Arnold Building

Jun 6, 2013
Dylan Weisser

The city of Providence is seeking to take control of the vacant George C. Arnold building on Washington Street.

The three story structure has been vacant since a damaging fire in 2009 and has been placed on the Providence Preservation Society’s “top ten” list of endangered properties.

President of the Providence Preservation Society, Lucie Searle, says the current condition and vacancy should be a concern.

Searl says she hopes the city's effort will contribute to Washington Street's emerging vibrancy.