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Rhode Island State House

Providence, RI


At A Glance:

• Historic Restoration
• +/- 3,150 s.f.


Project Description:

What began as a simple carpet repair ultimately became a top-to-bottom, period-correct total restoration of both the House and Senate Chambers at the Rhode Island State House. The McKim Mead & White designed neoclassical masterpiece has been home to Rhode Island’s legislature since it’s completion in 1904, and has served as the backdrop for all state governance ever since. Though the subject of frequent, but smaller renovations, the House and Senate Chambers were long overdue for a cosmetic refresh prior to the start of project work.

As the scope of the project rapidly expanded to include forensic paint analysis, structural evaluation, custom carpeting, custom (period correct) furniture design, refurbishment of built-in features such as millwork, desks, and skylights along with a total overhaul of electrical, data and AV systems throughout both chambers, Vision 3’s project team worked hand-in-hand with project stakeholders to ensure the project was completed in time for the start of the 2020 legislative session. Those partners included the State House Restoration Society, the Joint Committee on Legislative Services, the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission – all of whom worked collaboratively to ensure the completed chamber renovations were as historically accurate as possible. Project work was undertaken with the utmost care, and governed by the standards outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Vision 3 was proud to help upgrade the infrastructure of the House and Senate Chambers to suit the needs of today’s legislature, while leading a careful restoration of their historic architecture.



2020 Rhody Award – Historic Preservation Project Award