For over 25 years, PPS has worked with concerned neighbors, owners, and activists to develop the annual MEP List. Its purpose is to generate interest in and support for the preservation of vulnerable structures; to educate the public about the benefits of historic preservation and the diverse architectural resources in Providence; and to foster creative collaboration among property owners, developers, and other interested parties to bring about positive changes to each property. Buildings and artifacts on this year’s MEP list represent a variety of aspects from the city’s history.
2020 Most Endangered Properties List
- Industrial Trust Building (aka Superman Building), 111 Westminster Street, Downtown (1928)
- Axelrod Music Neon Sign, 251 Weybosset Street, Downtown (c. 1950s)
- Citizens Bank and Adjacent Parcels, 870 Westminster Street, West End (1921)
- Broad Street Synagogue (aka Temple Beth El), 688 Broad Street, Elmwood (1910)
- Crook Point Bascule Bridge, spanning Seekonk River (c. 1908)
- RI State Board of Public Roads, 30 Arline Street, Smith Hill (1931)
- Commercial Building, 1107 Westminster Street, West End (c. 1890s)
- I-195 Redevelopment District Parcels 42 and P4, between Dyer Street and Providence River, Downtown
- Water Supply Board Building, 552 Academy Avenue, Mount Pleasant (c. 1908)
- Providence Public School Buildings, as represented by Hope High School Auditorium, 324 Hope Street, East Side (1938)
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