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Providence Preservation Society

24 Meeting Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02903

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Call for Applications for Window Training Program

PPS Announces the Spring 2021 Cycle of the Window & Workforce Training Program: Beginning April 15, 2021

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and Heritage Restoration Inc., Rhode Island Builders Association, the Providence Revolving Fund, and Red House Custom Building, is pleased to announce the launch of a paid, hands-on five-week job training program in historic window restoration. The Window and Workforce Training Program (WWTP) offers valuable training to under- and unemployed Rhode Island residents that will enable them to: 

~Repair and maintain historic, wooden sash windows;

~Build basic business and entrepreneurship skills; and

~Acquire other valuable skills for employment in the preservation field

Under the guidance and supervision of professional preservation craftspeople, PPS staff, and guest lecturers, participants immerse themselves in the architectural history of Providence and the preservation and technical skills needed to care for the thousands of wooden windows across the state. The blended curriculum offers ample hands-on experience, in addition to historic preservation 101 courses, and real-world study alongside veteran restoration professionals. PPS assists with job placement following successful completion of the training program, and students will receive a program certificate and a completion bonus. The training will run for 5 weeks and two days beginning April 15 and ending May 21, 2021Click here for the application.

2021 Festival of Gardens

June 12,13,2021

The Providence Preservation Society is delighted to announce our special Festival of Gardens taking place on June 12-13 and presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.

Guests will enjoy exclusive access to a selection of private gardens at historic homes, a community garden that celebrates the city’s diversity, and a Colonial Revival garden stewarded by PPS.

Tickets will go on sale later in the spring. For more information, please visit

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) was established in 1956 to respond to the proposed demolition of a number of 18th- and early 19th-century houses on College Hill. Unlike many historic preservation organizations that were formed to preserve a particular building, PPS has always been an advocate for neighborhood revitalization. From that small neighborhood group, PPS has grown into a multifaceted citywide preservation and planning organization.

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