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Explore where things used to be and sometimes still are…

  • Browse historical buildings and locations in and around old Providence.
  • Contribute your own photographs, stories, and research.
  • Connect with others researching families and buildings in old Providence.
  • Share your insights with the community by commenting on research provided by others.
  • Discover Providence from a historical perspective, visualized through photos and maps.

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Community Spotlight: Providence Preservation Society

26 Jun 2020

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The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) was established in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18th- and early 19th-century houses on College Hill. Unlike many historic preservation organizations which were formed to preserve a particular building, PPS has always been an advocate for neighborhood revitalization. From that small neighborhood group, PPS has grown into a multifaceted citywide preservation and planning organization. Meet the director of preservation, Rachel Robinson!

A new partnership with an old friend

14 Apr 2020

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OldPVD.com and the Providence City Archives have united to offer up a fun and interesting way to explore old Providence: Old PVD - A to Z! The idea came from our friends at the Providence Preservation Society who are offering the ABC's of Architecture.

Interview with I {heart} Rhody

7 Apr 2020

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Erika Smith has been writing the blog I {heart} Rhody since 2010. She loves the state's eclectic architecture. Earlier this year she participated in the #100 Day Project on Instagram, sharing one photo a day of a different historic Rhode Island building. Recently, we asked her a few questions about why she loves the Ocean State so much!

Old Providence (aka oldpvd.com): It’s Been a Busy Year

1 Mar 2020

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Last year at this time, I was working with Mike Bronner of Genealabs.com on a new website, one that focuses on local history. Oldpvd.com launched in July as a georeferencing and crowdsourcing site aimed at posting photographs and information about the buildings, places, and people of Providence, RI. It’s been a busy seven months. It’s pretty exciting to see so many people interested in Old Providence.