Last month, the Providence Public Library (PPL) completed the restoration of the 113-year old Renaissance building at 225 Washington Street, designed by Stone, Carpenter and Willson. The magnificent Grand Hall, Garden Courtyard, Providence Journal Rhode Island Room and Ship Room have been returned to their original grandeur and are now open to the public for special events. Through a partnership with Russell Morin Fine Catering, these event spaces provide a new revenue stream for the independent nonprofit institution, enabling the library to continue its public service mission. Read the Providence Journal’s January 28th article, “Library lends itself to special events,” or open the brochure describing the building’s historic architecture.
On Friday, April 12th, the renovated spaces will be formally revealed at the A Night to Shine gala supporting the PPL’s educational and cultural role in the community. Two benefactors, The Providence Journal/Howard Sutton and Trustee Emerita Martha P. Sherman, will be presented with the library’s inaugural Enlightenment Awards. Tickets for a tour and tasting from 6-8 pm cost $150/person. For the tour, tasting, dinner, dessert and dancing from 6-11 pm, tickets are $250/person. Sumptuous fare will be by Russell Morin Fine Catering. Seating is limited, and guests must RSVP by April 5th. Email or call (401) 455-8003 for more information.