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Renovations to Historic Smith Hill Library to be Unveiled at Landmark Bithday Event

Published Date: 
July 14, 2014

Building Project One of the Many Proud Achievements of PCL’s First Five Years

It’s party time at Smith Hill and Providence Community Library (PCL) is inviting the neighborhood.  On August 21, from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m., friends, patrons and staff will gather to celebrate Providence Community Library’s fifth birthday. The event will feature a special reveal of renovations to the 1932 Smith Hill Library building.  Refreshments will be served and raffle drawings conducted to select the winners of the library’s signature Summer Reading Program.

Renovations to the Smith Hill building (31 Candace St., 401-272-4140), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, include new windows and roof, repair of the brick walls and  a fire alarm system. Additionally, the library was made Americans With Disabilities Act(ADA) compliant with an elevator and restroom, all courtesy of $825,000 in generous grant funding from the Champlin Foundations. The work was completed by Saccoccio & Associates, Architects and the contractor firm, Pariseault Builders.

A new front entrance, interior painting and raising the floor of the community room to allow handicap accessibility to the entire lower floor of the building were all funded with a CDBG grant from the City of Providence.

Althea Graves, president of the Smith Hill Friends of the Library group, said "The Library has always been a vital part of the Smith Hill community. Its many resources enhance the lives of those who come through the doors. It's a meeting place for folks to mingle for social and business issues and a safe haven for the community youth." The addition of the new elevator and specially equipped bathroom now makes the Smith Hill branch accessible to all its patrons.

Smith Hill Renovation Slide Show