Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Farhad Atash


A Study of the Providence Historic District Commission is a comprehensive analysis of the Commission and the City of Providence's seven local historic districts. The study examines the rules, regulations and scope of the Commission and documents in detail the design review guidelines which the Commission utilizes. Additionally, profiles of the city's seven historic districts are presented to document their location, historical pattern of development and unifying elements. A section pertaining to owners of historic properties is another integral component of this study. This section serves to inform and to assist property owners in understanding what historic district zoning is and what it is not. Finally, findings and recommendations are presented to assist the Commission in regulating the local historic districts.