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The Providence Preservation Society, founded in 1956, is a non-profit, citywide membership organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life in the city of Providence through historic preservation and enhancement of the built environment.
PPS seeks to create an atmosphere that will foster historic preservation through the following programs: Education: The basis for the protection of historic resources is understanding. â ¢ Childrenâ s Heritage Education Program: Award-winning program teaches Rhode Island students about the history of their capital city while introducing them to the language and art of architecture through walking tours and supplemental activities. PPS teaches 3,000 students annually. â ¢ Historic House Marker Program: PPS recognizes and documents buildings in the city that contribute to our appreciation and understanding of Providenceâ s unique architectural and historical heritage. â ¢ Architectural Guidebook: PPS, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has published the PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture, a guide to significant buildings, spaces, and neighborhoods in Providence. â ¢ Historic House Specialist Certification: This two-day course, designed to help Realtors understand historic properties, provides real-estate agents with information from and access to expertise in preservation as well as continuing education units from the RI Department of Business Regulation. â ¢ Preservation Awards: Every year at its annual meeting, PPS recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Providence buildings and neighborhoods. Advocacy: PPS works to educate decision makers on the economic and other benefits of historic preservation in order to develop public policy that will facilitate preservation. â ¢ Planning and Architectural Review: Local professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, preservation, and historic rehabilitation comprise a PPS committee that reviews and advises on rehabilitation of historic properties, new construction in historic areas and urban design issues. â ¢ Ten Most Endangered Properties List: The Ten Most program calls public attention to important historic resources threatened by arson, vandalism, deferred maintenance and abandonment. By working with property owners and other interested parties, and publicizing the buildings through media exposure and photographic exhibits, PPS strives to identify solutions and to bring about positive changes. â ¢ Historic Districts: PPS advises and participates in the application process to identify and officially list those areas of the city identified as eligible for national and local historic designation. â ¢ Neighborhood Assistance: Committed to citywide support, PPS works with neighborhood groups to identify common issues to establish bases of cooperation and to serve as conduit and liaison to other organizations and agencies. PPS Revolving Fund: The PPS Revolving Fund (PPSRF), a separately incorporated organization subsidized by PPS, is a development and loan pool for rehab loans to homeowners and for abandoned property acquisition and development by PPSRF. PPS is funded entirely by our members, special events and philanthropic organizations.
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