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Winter Bash at the Foundry Complex

Saturday, 02/12/2005

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) hosted its third annual Winter Bash at the historic Foundry complex (255 Promenade Street) on Saturday, February 12th, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Each year, the Winter Bash provides a unique opportunity for the Society to generate much-needed funding for its programs and projects, and fulfill its mission of both educating and advocating for the preservation and rehabilitation of the city’s historic resources.

Over 500 people from New England gathered to celebrate citywide preservation efforts. The event featured live music by the Super Chief Trio, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and crystal tattoos courtesy of Swarovski. This year’s event also served as the opening of PPS’s Ten Most Endangered Properties Ten-Year Retrospective Photography Exhibit. PPS is commemorating the tenth anniversary of its Ten Most program with remarkable photography of properties that have appeared on past Ten Most lists. This program has worked with local photographers since 1994 to visually document properties on the list and to highlight the city’s architectural treasures. Large, 5’ by 7’ panels were displayed against an striking backdrop of exposed brick walls, 17-foot ceilings, and overhead steel cranes, a remnant of the Foundry’s industrial past. The installation design and dramatic lighting was overseen by PPS Trustee/Architect Barbara Macaulay, with a team of students from Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation. PPS Trustee/Photographer Warren Jagger chaired the retrospective exhibit. Exhibit murals were printed by IO Labs.

The Foundry complex was the perfect location for the Ten Most Retrospective as it was included on the Society’s Ten Most List in 1996 and is currently undergoing rehabilitation for residential use. The exciting adaptive re-use includes loft-style studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments all with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. Event co-chair Anthony J. Thomas provided patron attendees with tours of the complex and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of this important state landmark. The crowd was addressed by PPS Board President James Litsey, Providence Mayor David Cicilline, PPS Executive Director Jack Gold, and Anthony J. Thomas.

PPS would like to thank the following event sponsors for their generous support: Bank of America; Foundry Associates, LP; Bank Rhode Island; MasterCard International; Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP; Rhode Island Hospital; Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc.; The Providence Journal Company; Armory Revival Company/Armory Properties; Baldwin Brothers; CB Richard Ellis -N.E. Partners, LP; Consigli Construction Company Inc.; Durkee, Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects; H. Carr & Sons; Little Medeiros Kinder Bulman & Whitney, Inc.; M. DiSandro & Sons Masonry, Inc. Maguire Group, Inc.; Nixon Peabody, LLP; O. Ahlborg & Sons; Robinson Green Berretta Corporation; Roc Construction Company; Sovereign Bank; Taco Inc. and the Washington Trust Company; McLaughlin & Moran; Atomic Catering and Swarovski North America, Ltd.

The Ten Most Endangered Properties Retrospective is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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