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Summit Neighborhood History Project

Summit Neighborhood is a well-preserved example of a middle-class suburb of the early 20th century. The district contains a diverse collection of architectural styles, including good examples of the Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Tudor Revival, Georgian Revival, Craftsman, and Bungalow styles. Also included within the survey area are double and triple-decker homes constructed in the same period.

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS), through their National Register Outreach program, has worked with the SNA to sponsor a historic resources survey of nearly 1,100 properties in the Summit area. The survey involves researching the history of each house, its construction date, original occupant, as well as photographing the house and writing an architectural description of the structure.

One goal of this survey is to use the information collected as the supporting documentation for the preparation of a National Register nomination. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list maintained by the Federal government of properties that are worth being preserved for their architectural, historical, cultural and/or archaeological significance. The National Register nomination will include a smaller area within this larger survey area, which will be determined once work on the National Register nomination commences.

Latest News

National Park Service Approves Summit Historic District

The National Park Service has approved the Summit Avenue Historic District! This final step in the National Register listing process means that Summit Neighborhood has its first official historic district. Thanks to the Providence Preservation Society for working so hard over the years to see this project come to fruition. (7 Oct 2003)

State Review Board Approves Summit Historic District

At their February 12th meeting, the State Review Board gave its approval to the Summit Avenue Historic District. The National Register nomination now goes to the National Parks Service for final approval. If approved by the Parks Service, the Summit district will be first fruit of the History Project. The Providence Preservation Society plans to submit the Elmgrove Gardens nomination to the state soon. (12 Feb 2003)

Summit Avenue District Nomination Completed!

PPS has submitted the nomination for the Summit Avenue Historic District to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), for review. If approved the Summit district will be the first in our neighborhood, and the first fruits of the History Project.  (25 Sep 2002)

Consultant Hired

PPS has acquired funding through a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant administered through the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), the State's Historic Preservation Office. This funding is being used to hire a professional consultant to prepare the documentation for National Register listing. The consultant chosen for the SAHD documentation is Kathryn Cavanaugh, former Preservation Planner for the City of Providence and resident of the neighborhood.  (10 Oct 2001)
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