Providence’s Fogarty Building Demolished, What Other Buildings Should Go?
Monday, March 20, 2017
But even Providence has its blemishes.
While College Hill and Benefit Street are a tour de force of historic importance and showcase preservation at its best, Providence has a few lemons.
Fogarty's Demise - Who's Next?
The Fogarty Building is being demolished. After being vacant for more than a decade, the one-time state welfare office is being taken down to be replaced by a new hotel. And like the Fogarty Building, which was considered a blight by some but embraced by others, there are a number of controversial structures in Rhode Island.
SLIDES: See Some of Providence's Most Controversial Buildings BELOW
Architectural writer David Brussat wrote in GoLocal, “Providence’s beauty depends heavily on the rarity of its modernist buildings.”
One fan, Nate Storring, posted to Facebook, writing, “What a shame. It could have been so much more. Most brutalists buildings shouldn't be frozen in amber, but tearing them all down will leave a gaping hole in our architectural record. They challenge the way we think about historic preservation in productive ways. There was a time when I remember hearing that AS220 was interested in this building. I wish we got to see how they would have adapted it.”
Now, GoLocal looks at some other examples of debatable architecture in the city -- some brutalists and others not.
A couple of buildings are Brown University's, in which their design may or may not be considered an actual blight, but in some instances the side of the building that is public-facing is that of loading docks and garbage dumpsters.
“Providence is full of interesting neighborhoods, and College Hill is a favorite, its historic and modern buildings all coexisting beautifully,” says AD100 architect Annabelle Selldorf, who is currently overseeing the renovation of Brown’s John Hay Library. When the 1910 English Renaissance–style landmark reopens this September, visitors will be able to revel in the restored 4,400-square-foot reading room, an eloquent double-height interior with a coffered ceiling. That project joins several additions to the school’s grounds, most notably the Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, with multiple venues for student exhibitions and performances."
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