RI Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA)

also known as Providence Revolving Fund

This modestly small but ornate brick building became the home to the Providence Revolving Fund

About this Property

#Redevelopment

The Providence Revolving Fund purchased this building in June of 2006 to use as their new headquarters. Executive Director Clark Schoettle and the Revolving Fund team used their expertise in helping homeowners renovate their homes with historic accuracy to save much of the original character of the offices upstairs. Original woodwork, doors with bubble glass, and large transoms were retained.

The lovely exterior was cleaned and mortar was repointed. The mid-century garage door was replaced with a more historically accurate french door with arched top. A mid-century one-story annex seen in our 2006 photos was demolished as it was not a contributing historic structure.

The Providence Revolving Fund provides low cost loans to homeowners and small businesses, provides consulting and project management for renovation work, and manages an architectural salvage collection. Locally, some of their high profile projects include loans and consulting for AS220’s Dreyfus, the Wedding Cake House, the Poirier Diner, Monohasset Mill, and most of the renovations downtown such as the Peerless and the Burgess O’Gorman buildings.

#Current Events

This building has been home to the Providence Revolving Fund since their renovation of it in 2007–2008. A business occupies the ground floor space along Fountain Street with another, West Side Wellness, in the rear.

#History

No formal history has been found. The location and flat site plan can be found on a 1920–1951 Sanborn Map as “The R.I. Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.” The map was first drawn in 1920 and only changed parcels were redrawn in 1951. On the original 1920 map, this location was occupied by buildings owned by the “Rhode Island Coupling & Combination Ladder Co.”

The RISPCA built this structure in 1925 and occupied it until 1982 when they moved into a new shelter built in Riverside (and designed by William Kite).