Saving Face

Go behind the facade of historic preservation


Providence may be well known for its historic architecture, but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the restoration of some of our oldest structures. Learn all about the hidden history of preservation at the 2012 Providence Symposium, Not Always Pretty: Behind the Façade of Historic Preservation in Providence, hosted by the Providence Preservation Society. This three-day series of events begins on Thursday, October 11 and is scheduled to include film screenings, cocktails, walking tours and presentations by four guest speakers.

On Friday, October 12, attendees will have the opportunity to relax and engage in discussion on topics ranging from the sustainability of restoration to the politics that make it happen, right in the midst of it all on College Hill. The series caps off on Saturday, October 13 with PPS’s annual gala at the Superman Building. Guests will enjoy dining on the 25th floor followed by dancing in the Gotham-style marble hall. Scratch the surface of Providence’s architectural beauty by exploring the intricate history behind it and taking the opportunity to find out if some of our oldest buildings will remain on the horizon.