The Vedanta Society website: www.vedantaprov.org
The Vedanta Society of Providence is a branch of the Ramakrishna Order in India and was founded by Swami Akhilananda in 1928. The Society moved to the building at 224 Angell Street in 1930 (this was the one that was demolished for the expansion). In the late nineties, the building at 221 Angell street was added and in 2000 the old building at 224 was exchanged for the present location at 227 Angell Street. In 2010, construction started on the addition to the main facility, providing much needed lecture hall and meeting space.
The old building at 221 Angell Street, which served mainly as a women’s guest house, was demolished in late December 2010. The Society went through the process of combining the two plots of land (221 & 227 Angell St) was completed.
Paraphrased from Kite Architects: KITE’s design for a major addition for the Vedanta Society is creating new worship space, seminar facilities, offices, and lodging for visiting scholars and guests. [...] Located on a major historic street in Providence on College Hill, the design started with a scale and massing that is intended to respect its institutional and residential neighbors and create a street edge compatible with the walkable community. An eye to energy efficiency and cost effective yet durable materials is an important factor. Features such as a green area with sunscreens and deep overhangs provide a tranquil garden area within a very tight urban site, and also reduce cooling loads in the summer.
Jeff Allcock Oct 15 2015 I remember 224 Angell Street, the building demolished to make way for this expansion, and Swami Sarvagatananda, who was the Vedanta Society’s guru when my boyfriend and I attended in the 198Os. I’m sorry to see the old building go but the new one is pretty striking and seems to fit in well with the old neighborhood.
Jeffrey Allcock Sep 16 2015 This isn’t the building I remember going to in the 198Os, which was at 224 Angell. But it looks very nice in its present incarnation and fits in with the neighborhood. A good job from these architects, sensitive and bold.
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