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Westminster Street, circa 1950


PPS's "Sister" Sites:
Looking to research your home or the home of a descendant? Looking for information on Providence's industrial Architecture or properties in need of special attention? Check out these links first:
Mary Gowdey Online Library of Historic Homes
The Industrial and Commercial Buildings Survey, in conjunction with

Preservation Organizations

  • Preserve Rhode Island
    Statewide non-profit preservation organization aimed at protecting Rhode Island's historic structures and unique places for present and future generations.
  • Revolving Fund
    The Revolving Fund, Inc., was incorporated in 1980 as a separate, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, affiliated with the Providence Preservation Society. Since 2008 it has been a separate, independent organization. Through rehabilitation loans, ownership, development, and sale of property, the Revolving Fund is directly involved in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and commercial areas in the city.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    For information about the National Trust Conference and other national preservation news.
  • Preservation Action
    The national preservation lobbying group.
  • Recent Past Preservation Network
    Promoting preservation education and advocacy to encourage a contextual understanding of our modern built environment.

Other Local Organizations

  • Rhode Island Historical Society
    Founded in 1822, the RIHS is a privately endowed, membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Rhode Island's history. The RIHS offers a variety of programs and events investigating and celebrating Rhode Island's unique history, such as lectures, exhibitions, tours, and children's workshops.

City and State Resources

Neighborhood Organizations

  • College Hill Neighborhood Association
    A non-profit organization striving to provide information, services, and resources for all residents of College Hill, and to continually improve the quality of life in the neighborhood by solving issues effectively and constructively, working with community representatives to achieve results.
  • Fox Point Neighborhood Association
    A non-profit, membership driven organization formed originally over concerns of the re-location of Interstate 195. Today, land use and waterfront development surrounding this process remain two of the organization’s top priorities.
  • Summit Neighborhood Association
    A non-profit, grassroots organization devoted to improving the quality of life of residents of Summit Neighborhood.
  • West Broadway Neighborhood Association
    A non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the West Broadway /Armory District neighborhood.


  • RI Historic Property Search
    Search for any Rhode Island properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Providence Plan
    A private nonprofit organization working to improve the economic and social well-being of all city residents.
    An archive of demolished buildings, urban decay, and urban redevelopment, good and bad. Discussions of gentrification, urban planning and policy, and artist housing abounds as well.
  • Greater City: Providence
    Focuses on the development of walkable, affordable, and vibrant neighborhoods that are served by robust mass transit and fueled by greater economic opportunity. Maintains a useful and information blog relating to different city issues.
    The Childhood Lead Action Project works to eliminate childhood lead poisoning through education, parent support and advocacy. The Project is the only organization in Rhode Island devoted exclusively to this critical issue. For information on their programs and educational classes, please visit their website.
  • Preservation Directory - An online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States and Canada.