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Date

1986

Description

In 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 (Rhode Island) State House."

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, Wm Mckenzie. PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003, pp. 303-304. Fisher, Thomas. "Past Progressives: Providence Train Station, SOM." Hanley Wood Media, Inc., 16 Feb. 2010, www.architectmagazine.com/design/buildings/past-progressives-providence-train-station-som_o. Accessed 12 Dec. 2016. Heppner, Frank. "Railroads of Rhode Island." The History Press, 2012, pp. 186.

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Creator 2 Role

Supervising Architects

Creator 3 Role

Designer

Building Type

Train Station

Building Style

Post-Modernism

Themes

Urban development

Subject Headings

Providence Station (Providence, RI);Architecture, Postmodern -- Rhode Island -- Providence -- Railroad station; Capital Center (Providence, RI); Rhode Island State House (Providence, RI)

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

One Station Place

Keywords

railroad station, state house, Providence Station, Capital Center

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