My living room windows look out onto the crenelated towers of the Cranston St. Armory, which I fondly refer to as my neighborhood castle. The building, central to the character of my community, faces an unclear future. It is listed on this year’s Most Endangered Properties (MEP) list compiled annually by the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) to bring much needed attention to the struggling buildings in our city. This year PPS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the MEP list and has taken this opportunity to challenge me to explore 20 buildings from the Most Endangered Properties program in just 10 weeks.
Join me, a newcomer to Providence, as I explore the city’s Most Endangered Properties: success stories, losses, and the many buildings that continue to struggle. Attend PPS’s spring program series, and a Twenty Year Retrospective photography exhibit featuring twenty MEP’s opening this May. Most importantly, tell me: what are the buildings you’re concerned about in your neighborhood? How might you imagine re-purposing this year’s MEP’s or other buildings that you’ve got your eye on?
Let’s talk about it. Follow me on Twitter @pvdpreservation using #MEP20