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In 1986 Providence Station was completed. It replaced 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 role of railroad transit. In the background are a group of buildings since demolished. The URI College of Continuing Education buildings and The Merchants’ Cold Storage to make way for the Providence Place Mall in the 1990s.


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, Accessed 12 Dec. 2016. Heppner, Frank. "Railroads of Rhode Island." The History Press, 2012, pp. 186.


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Creator 3 Role

Architect (Providence Station)

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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


city planning, land use, urban renewal, urban development, Providence Station, railroad stations, Capital Center