List: PPS’s Ten Most Endangered

7 properties

The Providence Preservation Society publishes a yearly list of the Ten Most Endangered Properties. These buildings have shown up on the list at one time, sometimes for several years in a row.

  • Two massive five-story, brick, pier-and-spandrel warehouses along the waterfront once used for storing cargo. Vacant for 15+ years before demolition from 2013-2015.

    #UsedToBeThere | South Providence | Built: 1913 | Demolition: 2013 | Decade: 1910-1919

  • Closed in 1981, this William R. Walker and Son-designed church was vacant for over 20 years before neglect contributed to its demise.

    #UsedToBeThere | South Providence | Built: 1888 | Demolition: 2006 | Decade: 1880-1889

  • The one that started a revolution. A 13 acre site, bounded by Atwells Ave, Eagle Street, and Valley Street, housing cheap artist studio space and the famous Fort Thunder arts collective.

    #UsedToBeThere | Olneyville/Valley | Built: 1866-1875 | Demolition: 2001-2002 | Decade: 1860-1869

  • Vacant since 1987, this building stood on the West Side across from Central High School for over 20 years before being completely razed to the ground.

    #UsedToBeThere | West Side | Built: 1906 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1900-1909
    Added to NRHP: March 4, 2004
    NRHP Reference Number: 04000197

  • This Neo—Classical Revival structure stood unfinished for 80 years before finally getting a new life as a hotel in 2004.

    #NotInRuins | Smith Hill | Built: 1926 | Redeveloped: 2004 | Decade: 1920-1929
    Added to NRHP: October 2, 1993
    NRHP Reference Number: 93001181

  • A long, low slung industrial building west of the highway and in the shadow of the Providence Place Mall. Neglect over ten years as well as some nefarious local dealings took the building down.

    #UsedToBeThere | Smith Hill | Built: 1929 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1920-1929
    Added to NRHP: June 5, 2005
    NRHP Reference Number: 05000583

  • A 60-year history slinging good, hearty diner food evaporated into a cyclone of legal battles. The diner itself is still unrestored.

    #NotInRuins | Smith Hill | Built: 1937 | Redeveloped: 2016 | Decade: 1930-1939