PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Providence Preservation Society awarded Brown University a 2022 Preservation Award for its work to relocate and restore Sharpe House, an 1873 building that now houses some of the Department of History’s classrooms, offices and communal spaces.
PPS cited the University’s “creative approach to the conservation of a historic home” — namely, its work to move the building from Angell Street to Brown Street, undertake a renovation that preserved important historical details, and create interior bridges to the adjacent Peter Green House, another transplant from Angell Street that is home to spaces for history department scholars and students.
“Through relocation and reconnection,” the Providence Preservation Society wrote in an award statement, the two buildings now have “renewed purpose… The result of this project is a memorable experience for students and faculty of the history department.”
The biennial Preservation Awards recognize people, projects and initiatives that represent excellence in historic preservation, design and planning, highlighting those that enhance Providence’s vibrancy while also maintaining its unique historical character. Other honorees this year include an affordable housing project across the West End, Smith Hill and Silver Lake, a neighborhood coffee shop in Smith Hill, a nonprofit dedicated to urban farming in Upper South Providence and libraries in downtown Providence and College Hill. The winners were selected by a volunteer jury of experts from New York, including neighborhood developers and conservation contractors.
“Providence Preservation Society believes that historic preservation is not just about buildings and architecture — it’s about people, neighborhoods and the ways that these buildings serve them,” said Brent Runyon, the organization’s executive director. “This year’s Preservation Award winners represent the best examples of that principle in action, preserving our architectural history while breathing new life into our communities.”
PPS will honor the award winners at a Tuesday, Nov. 15, event in Providence.