Shepard Company Building

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Shepard Company Building
Shepard Building Westminster.jpg
Westminster Street entrance
Shepard Company Building is located in Rhode Island
Shepard Company Building
Shepard Company Building is located in the US
Shepard Company Building
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°49′24″N 71°24′50″W / 41.82333°N 71.41389°W / 41.82333; -71.41389Coordinates: 41°49′24″N 71°24′50″W / 41.82333°N 71.41389°W / 41.82333; -71.41389
ArchitectMartin & Hall
Part ofDowntown Providence Historic District (#84001967)
NRHP reference #76000003[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 11, 1976
Designated CPFebruary 10, 1984

The Shepard Company Building is an historic building at 259 Westminster Mall, 72-92 Washington Street in Providence, Rhode Island. A prominent landmark in the Providence downtown, it occupies an entire city block, and housed Shepard's, one of New England's largest department stores, for many decades. The building grew in stages, starting as a modest three-story Italianate structure at the corner of Clemence and Washington in 1880. Beginning in 1896 the company embarked on a rapid expansion, designed by Martin & Hall, which was largely completed by 1903. The building was struck by fire in 1920, but rebuilt under Hall's supervision.[2] The building is currently owned by the State of Rhode Island and houses the Feinstein Campus of the University of Rhode Island, the Providence Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and other state offices.[3]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Shepard Company Building" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-29.
  3. ^ "Driving Directions". URI Providence. Retrieved 2014-10-29.