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What appears to be a semi-trailor truck has caused the upper level of this Weybosset Street parking complex to collapse. This photograph was taken before the construction of the Federal Center on Westminster Street, and therefore provides a clear view to the Conrad Building, one of Providence's most unique buildings to its eccentricism and creation during a period of prosperity in Providence following WWI. At the left is the Caesar Misch Building in a state of disrepair, whose Art Deco storefront added in the 30s cannot be seen to salvage it.


Bibliography: Woodward, Wm McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. "Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, pp. 240.


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Creator 2 Dates


Creator 2 Role

Architectural Firm (Conrad Building)

Creator 3 Dates


Creator 3 Role

Architects (Caesar Misch Building)

Building Type

Commercial Building

Building Style

Queen Anne


Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Architecture, Queen Anne; Cities and towns -- Growth -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Historic buildings -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Westminster Street (Providence, RI)

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name


Street Address

375 Westminster Street


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