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Links: Preservation & Planning

By our definition, Preservation links are those that are advocates for Historic Preservation of some type. They may be government agencies – national or state – or privately run. If you don’t see a venue that you love, or if a link is broken, contact us.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation :: Does historic preservation make economic sense? Does it result in economic benefits as well as esthetic and cultural benefits for communities? The answer is yes, based on a growing number of studies that quantify the economic impacts of historic preservation.

American Diner Museum :: Pretty self explanatory... great resource for history, news, tours, and a listing of diners for sale across the country.

Inventory of Octagon, Hexagon, and Round Houses :: Exactly what it sounds like. A great resource for browsing around, with some interesting links in Rhode Island.

Providence Plan :: Founded in 1992 as a joint venture of City and State government, the academic community, and the private sector, the Providence Plan restores hope and creates new opportunity for the people of Providence through a comprehensive initiative designed to address the fundamental causes of poverty and urban decline. The PP’s six principal goals are to put people to work, retain the city’s middle class, make our neighborhoods safe and livable, prepare today’;s children for tomorrow’s jobs, provide decent and affordable housing, and increase jobs and taxes in downtown Providence.

Providence Neighborhood Planting Program :: A street tree planting and maintenance partnership. Apply for a street tree in your neighborhood, help lobby for more street trees, and learn more on how to care for them.

Providence Preservation Society :: PPS is an advocacy group publishing the yearly Ten Most Endangered Buildings list, mill surveys, mill advocacy statements, testimony at various boards and commissions, planning and architectural reviews, etc. as well as developing recommendations of concept and language to reinforce existing ordinances in the city and state.

Preserve RI :: Rhode Island’s only statewide non-profit preservation organization. Preserve Rhode Island is protecting Rhode Island’s historic structures and unique places for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Advocacy, Education, Merit Awards and Mini Grants help fuel the community and get our message out there.

RI Department of Transportation (DOT) :: A crazy department and a crazy website (a little hard to navigate) but some great overviews and plans for the relocation of I-195. Fly through movies and overview maps of the project. It may not be talked about much, but the DOT also can be pushed to be sensitive to Historic Preservation.

RI Foundation :: The Rhode Island Foundation is a unique institution in a unique profession. The only community foundation in the Ocean State, it serves as the state’s Center for Philanthropy. Rather than limit activities to raising and investing funds, and making subsequent grants, the Foundation seeks to foster dialogue, whether among donors and grantees or government officials and the private sector. We work with other area, regional and national foundations to solve local problems. We conduct basic research on topics where it is lacking. We identify key challenges, whether in education, health care, or the arts, or any of the other daily pursuits in a human society.

Rhode Island Historical Society :: Founded in 1822, the Rhode Island Historical Society is a privately endowed, membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island’s history.

RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission :: RIHPHC is the state office that deals with archaeology, historic preservation and heritage programs, and provides information about buildings and sites, review projects that impact properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and administer tax credits and loans for preservation.

The Trust for Public Land :: Land conservation is central to TPL’s mission. Founded in 1972, the Trust for Public Land is the only national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being. TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.

US Green Buildings Council :: The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. They advance sustainable building with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] program.