South Street Landing restoration recognized with national award

THE SOUTH STREET LANDING building was honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation award. / COURTESY CV PROPERTIES
THE SOUTH STREET LANDING building was honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award. / COURTESY CV PROPERTIES

PROVIDENCE – South Street Landing was one of three properties in the country honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award, the Providence Preservation Society announced Wednesday.

The awards are given out in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The South Street Landing complex was built by Narragansett Electric Lighting Co. as an electricity-generation plant. The renovated property celebrated its ribbon-cutting in November 2017.

The property, located at 350 Eddy St. in Providence, was planned to be redeveloped as the Heritage Harbor Museum in 2006, but the project never came to fruition, according to the preservation society.

The building is now home to a nursing education center for Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. The property also houses Brown University administrative offices.

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“South Street Landing embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit thriving in Rhode Island today. As home to the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, South Street Landing provides the most cutting-edge educational facilities that will distinguish Rhode Island nurses internationally,” said David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island.

The project was developed and completed by CV Properties.

“South Street Landing tells the story of Rhode Island – where we’ve been, and where we’re going,” said Gov. Gina M. Raimondo in a statement. “I’m thrilled that the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes its significance to our state as a testament to our comeback.”

The other two projects honored with a 2019 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award were the restoration of the Longfellow Bridge, spanning the Charles River between Cambridge, Mass., and Boston, and the restoration of Unity Temple, a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Ill.

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