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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

Lumiere Salon, Special Citation, 57 Fulton Street

The design of the Lumiere Salon in the Smith Building on Fulton Street in downtown Providence is honored today with a Special Citation. The location of this project is particularly important since the Smith Building stands adjacent to City Hall and was one of the first buildings in the downtown area to be rehabilitated for housing and commercial space. While upper stories were rehabilitated for residential use, this storefront space was left unfinished. The creative design for the salon retains the exposed plasterwork and piers and embellishes them with 8,000 copper rods which hang from the ceiling to the floor. The rawness of the existing space is retained behind the rods, which allow for varying degrees of translucency depending on the lighting conditions. The creative lighting, retention of historical elements, and use of copper rods create a dramatic effect for this prominent storefront space. The effort represents the collaboration of its owner, Terry Donnelly, the design firm 3SIX0, construction engineer Wilbur Yoder, and lighting consultant Hogan/Macaulay Architects. The project represents one element of the ongoing efforts of architects, developers, and preservationists to bring renewed life to the area.