Photographer/Creator

Chester Smolski
I.M Pei
Zion & Breen

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Date

10-1-1974

Description

Intended to be a marvelous plaza inspired by European models, Cathedral Square is considered a problematic and failure of a space. E.F. Kennedy's Roman Catholic Chancery Office and auditorium (1966-67) blocks the axis of Westmister Street and is a building that few regularly visit. The square, which serves as the forecourt to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, was designed by world class architects, I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen but due to a lack of activity generators the space is largely unused.

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, William McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003, pp. 292.

Creator 2 Dates

1969

Creator 2 Role

Architects

Creator 3 Dates

1969

Creator 3 Role

Architects

Building Type

Piazza

Building Style

European Catholic

Themes

Urban Development

Subject Headings

Public spaces -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban renewal -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Pedestrian zones -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Plazas -- Rhode Island -- Providence

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

Cathedral Square

Keywords

downtown, cathedral, Providence downtown, malls, cathedral square, commercial streets, public spaces, downtown revitalization

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