Chester Smolski


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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.


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


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


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