Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski

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Date

4-26-1987

Description

Railroad relocation was one of the core elements of the Providence Renaissance. In this aerial we can see the dirt lot where the railroad tracks were formerly located and sadly, the burned roof of Union Station. Union Station suffered severe fire damage on April 4, 1987, one year after the completion of its replacement station (Providence Station). Union Station had been in the works for a remodeling for other use (office space) alongside much of the area under redevelopment plans through the River Relocation Project and overall revitalization of Downtown Providence. The fire was not necessarily a setback for all projects, but its rehabilitation process conjoined itself to the (re)developments at Kennedy Plaza and of Waterplace Park.

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, William McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence Preservation Society, 2003. pp. 104. "One Union Station." Rhode Island Foundation, 2017, http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/100YearsofCommunity/OneUnionStation.aspx. Accessed 23 Jan. 2017.

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Building Type

Train Station

Building Style

Edwardian

Themes

Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Aerial photography in city planning-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Urban renewal-- Rhode Island-- Providence; City planning-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Land use, Urban-- Rhode Island-- Providence; Woonasquatucket River (Providence, RI); Burnside Park (Providence, RI); Union Station (Providence, RI) Urban Development

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

4 Exchange Terrace

Keywords

aerials, Union Station, city planning, Capital Center, Burnside Park, Woonasquatucket River, automobile parking, railroad stations

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