PPAC Square, the redesigned intersection of Weybosset Street and Mathewson Street, now provides a welcoming approach to downtown’s signature theater. On Wednesday, July 11th, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined PPAC Board of Trustees Chairman Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. at a grand opening ceremony to officially dedicate the new square. Describing the project as a collaboration to create a beautiful streetscape, Walsh thanked partners including the mayor, the Providence Department of Public Works, Cardi Corporation, Cataldo Associates, and Beta Engineering.
Mayor Taveras recognized Congressman David Cicilline’s advocacy for this project during his term as mayor, noting that the project was well underway before his own term began. He pointed out the beautiful new lighting, flowers, and sidewalks, creating a signature spot in the city for all to enjoy.
Walsh and PPAC President Lynn Singleton presented Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee with the PPAC Founders Award, acknowledging his strong support for funding the project. Upon accepting the award, Governor Chafee said that “PPAC is truly an iconic institution that holds a special place in the history and cultural life of Providence. This building has survived hurricanes and threats of demolition, and today it thankfully remains a Rhode Island landmark.” He added that performers like Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash have remarked about PPAC’s beauty and are enthusiastic about being in Providence. He looks forward to more concerts and better days ahead.
Visit PPAC’s website for more information about the ceremony and the upcoming theater season.
(Top photo: Joelle Kanter. Bottom photo: Caitlyn DiPompo.)