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Historic Preservation

Providence Revolving Fund works to preserve Providence’s architectural heritage and stimulate community revitalization through advocacy, lending, technical assistance, and development in historic areas.   

Since 1982, our Neighborhood Loan Fund has invested over $10 million in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and Historic Districts to preserve the character and charm of aging Providence properties. PRF continues to offer home repair loans, construction management, and consulting as a critical component in the preservation of our historic buildings. PRF also houses a collection of donated salvage items from historic properties that homeowners and developers can reclaim as part of their own repair and restoration projects.

Preservation Resources

Whether you are repairing or restoring a historic property or just interested in geeking out about the depth and breadth of information available about architecture and history, the links below will guide you to additional resources.

  • Providence Historic District Commission (PHDC) – PHDC was created to protect the unique physical character, historic fabric and visual identity of the city. Providence’s local historic districts are established as overlay zoning districts, of which there are nine total in the City. The PHDC regulates development in these districts by acting as a design review body that can approve or deny any proposed exterior work and provides standards and guidelines for properties located within a district.
  • Providence Preservation Society (PPS) – PPS is a nonprofit membership organization that works to improve the quality of life in the city of Providence through historic preservation and the enhancement of the built environment.
  • Preserve Rhode Island (PRI) – Preserve Rhode Island is a nonprofit membership organization that advances the cause of historic preservation statewide through advocacy, educational programs and the ownership of historic and significant properties.
  • National Park Service Technical Preservation Services (TPS) – TPS develops historic preservation standards and guidance on preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings, administers the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program for rehabilitating historic buildings, and sets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) – NTHP is a a privately funded nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.
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