Providence Preservation Society Calls for Nominations for the 2016 Most Endangered Properties List
Seeks public input in identifying significant at-risk Providence properties
The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces that the nomination period for its annual Most Endangered Properties (MEP) List is now open. For over 20 years, PPS has assembled the MEP list to highlight historic assets – properties that contribute to the life and character of the city but are endangered by threats such as neglect, deterioration, demolition, development, insufficient funds, and adverse public policy. By drawing attention to these resources, PPS helps gather energy around efforts to preserve the vitality of the Providence community and its built environment. Call for nominations is open until Friday, October 30, 2015.
The MEP List, its photo exhibit, and its related events have generated important dialogue around these historic assets in the City for more than two decades. This activity has inspired engagement, action and even the successful restoration and saving of some properties on the List. Nominations help PPS create the 2016 MEP List. Through this, the public plays a critical role in supporting historic preservation efforts and working toward solutions with property owners, developers, and others to bring about positive change in each property.
“We rely on the public, those who live and work in Providence and know and love the city, to be our eyes and ears in the community, and help to identify vulnerable historic assets in Providence,” said Brent Runyon, executive director of the Providence Preservation Society. “If you know of a property that is threatened, we ask you to help us draw attention to it.” Nominations may be made via an online nomination form at ppsri.org, or by contacting PPS directly. Historic properties include significant historic homes, commercial buildings, houses of worship, armories, places of historic activity, and more.
PPS will accept nominations until October 30th, 2015. Then, at the Providence Symposium Beyond Buildings: Preserving the Livable Neighborhood slated for November 5-7, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the ten properties they think should be on the list. The Most Endangered Properties List will be announced at PPS’ Annual Meeting on January 20, 2016.