Photographer/Creator

Chester Smolski

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Date

10-1-1974

Description

A compressed view of Westminster Street in 1974 taken from I. M. Pei's Cathedral Square. In 1964 Westminster Street was closed to vehicular traffic between Dorrance Street and Snow Street. The move was an attempt to compete with suburban malls. Vehicular traffic was restored to the street in 1986. At the time of this photo the pedestrian passage, beginning at the end of Westminster Street and connecting Empire Street and Greene Street, is being constructed.

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, William McKenzie and Sanderson, Edward F. Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources. Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission: Providence, 1986. 203. Print.

Building Type

Mall

Themes

Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Downtown districts -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Pedestrian zones; Streets -- Design and construction; Skyscrapers -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

Westminster St

Keywords

Providence downtown, malls, downtown revitalization, commercial streets, religious architecture, skyscraper

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