These are the most threatened properties in Providence for 2022

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From the Superman Building to the 212-year-old St. John’s Cathedral, the Providence Preservation Society is set to unveil its latest list of the city’s most endangered properties at its annual meeting today at 4 p.m.

You can learn a lot more about these special spaces by logging into the meeting (it’s free, but advanced registration is mandatory), but here’s a look at each of this year’s nine inclusions.

Industrial Trust Building, aka Superman Building (1928), 111 Westminster St., Downtown: The tallest building in the state has been vacant since 2013.

Tockwotton Fox Point Cape Verdean Community, Fox Point: Last year, the Preservation Society added the entire town to its list of threatened properties in a bid to highlight the growing threat of climate change. This year’s addition of the Cape Verdean community of Tockwotton Fox Point aims to focus on ways to capture the intangible memory and generational trauma experienced by the displaced people of this neighborhood.

Providence Gas Company Purifier House (1899), 200 Allens Ave., Lower South Providence: With its brick facade, industrial-style windows and arched roof, the four-story building has in recent years been renamed “Conley’s Wharf”.

Rhodes Street National Register Historic District, Janes and Rhodes Streets, Upper South Providence: Economic depressions, the intrusion of I-95, and the encroachment of local hospital development have combined to dramatically reduce the housing stock in this neighborhood.

St. John’s Cathedral (1810), 271 North Main Street, College Hill: The church has been on North Main Street for 212 years, but has been closed for a decade.

Urban League of Rhode Island Building (1970s), 246 Prairie Ave., Upper South Providence: It’s by far the youngest building on the list, but it’s home to the Rhode Island chapter of one of the oldest community-based civil rights organizations in the United States. The Urban League has struggled financially in recent years, and because the building is not at full capacity, it is often the target of vandalism and theft.

Prince Hall Masonic Temple (1893), 883 Eddy St., Lower South Providence: The temple was badly damaged by fire on Christmas Day in 2020.

Grace Church Cemetery (1834, 1843, circa 1860), 10 Elmwood Ave., South Providence: The cemetery continues to be vandalized.

Broad Street Synagogue, aka Temple Beth El (1910), 688 Broad St., Elmwood: The 110-year-old building has been sold a few times, but remains vacant.

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