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Date

1-1-1974

Description

Despite being designed by world class architects and urban planners, namely I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen, the space has been universally decried as an utter failure. Intended to be a marvelous piazza, inspired by European models, the forecourt for Providence’s most monumental and important church, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the square never fulfilled its objective. Where European open spaces rely on activity generators to function, Cathedral Square remains largely empty. Additionally, construction of Cathedral Square and Weybosset Hill further isolated the downtown neighborhood from the west side by truncating Westminster Street.

Notes

Bibliography: Woodward, W.M. McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence Preservation Society, 2003. pp. 292-293.

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Creator 2 Dates

1969

Creator 2 Role

Architect

Creator 3 Dates

1969

Creator 3 Role

Architects

Building Type

Plaza

Themes

Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Urban planning -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban renewal -- Providence, Rhode Island -- Designs and plans; Space (Architecture) -- Providence, Rhode Island -- Designs and plans; Cathedral Square (Providence, RI); City blocks -- Rhode Island -- Providence -- Designs and plans; Westminster Street (Providence, RI); Providence (RI) -- Buildings, structures, etc

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

1 Cathedral Square

Keywords

Cathedral Square, Westminster St., squares, dead downtown, urban renewal, downtown revitalization, poor planning

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