Lack of funds preventing design and construction of new state archives facility

ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.
 / COURTESY DBVW ARCHITECTS
ON HOLD: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of planned permanent headquarters to house the state archives. The $52 million project has been stalled due to a lack of budget funds.
 / COURTESY DBVW ARCHITECTS
For decades, Rhode Islanders have sought a permanent facility to house, preserve and exhibit the documents collected in the state archives. A July 1924 Providence Journal article immortalizes an office fire in which then-Secretary of State Ernest L. Sprague saved the Rhode Island Royal Charter signed by King Charles II in 1663 from the flames.…

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