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Preservation through Collaboration: The Shepard's Department Store Building

Monday, 04/20/2015 – 6:00 PM

Monday April 20th: Program starts at 6pm following a light reception at 5:30pm
URI Feinstein Providence Campus 
80 Washington St.
Paff Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

The preservation of Shepard's Department Store building, and its remaking into a state of the art urban campus, is one of PPS's and our City-State's greatest success stories. The 1870's building fell into disrepair, a situation compounded by the department store's fall into bankruptcy. By the beginning of 1990, demolition was eminent. As the result of a successful charrette organized and conducted by PPS in 1990, this one time retailing giant was re-purposed as the home of the University of Rhode Island's (URI) College of Continuing Education. URI's Providence campus was under great pressure to find a new home because it was about to be displaced by the construction of the Providence Place Mall. While URI's move into Shepard's presented numerous challenges, ultimately the building's adaptive re-use became a model example of preservation achieved through collaboration.

Twenty years later, join us as we revisit the preservation and adaptive re-use of Shepard's by bringing together some of the many people involved in saving the building that became a major catalyst for other preservation efforts in downtown Providence. Hear former Mayor Joseph Paolino, Walter Crocker (former Dean of URI), Architect David Presbrey, and Gary Lulli (former URI Providence Director of Facilities) discuss the political context of URI's move as well as details on the building's preservation. Current URI FCCE Dean Lori Ciccomascolo will share her vision for the future of URI's Providence campus and its further impact on the education and workforce needs in the city.

Free and open to the public! Email to register!

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