Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski

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Date

January 1987

Description

From 1982-1986, the current Providence Station was built to replace the 1898 Union Station as part of a redevelopment project to free up land from a mass of train tracks that had hemmed in downtown Providence. It is much smaller than its predecessor, reflecting the diminished local role of railroad transit. Designed by Marilyn Jordan Taylor of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, local architectural historian William McKenzie Woodward lauds the building for its aesthetics, calling its saucer dome "an obvious yet very gracious gesture toward the [RI] State House."

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, W.M. McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence Preservation Society, 2003. pp. 303-304.

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Creator 3 Role

Architect firm

Building Type

Train Station

Themes

Urban Development

Subject Headings

Providence Station (Providence, RI); Rhode Island State House (Providence, RI); Urban Development -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Railroad stations -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Transportation -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

Smith St.

Keywords

railroad station, Providence Station, capital city, state house, downtown

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