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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

About Southwest Pavilion

Constructed in 1900, the red-bricked, polychrome, slate-roofed Southwest Pavilion was constructed both to serve women and children and to house the Rhode Island Hospital’s first pathological laboratory. Its significance is both historical and architectural. It represents the institution’s early steps toward the specialization and physical separation of programmatic activities that characterize modern medical campuses, and is a physical representation of an important phase in the hospital’s historical development.

At the December 2015 City Plan Commission meeting, Rhode Island Hospital’s application to amend their Institutional Master Plan to include the demolition of the Pavilion was denied. RIH has appealed, and the appeal will be heard by the Zoning Board of Review this Tuesday. Please join PPS there for a silent protest.

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2 Responses to Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

  1. James March 21, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    Wow. Clearly they’re demolishing it for understandable reasons. There’d be no vacant land nearby for them to redevelop. . .

  2. JCK March 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    James… you can’t park on a historic building, so obviously, it has to go. ¬.¬

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