Theses Master's

Preserving Jamestown, Rhode Island

Ross, William R.

This thesis explores what can be done to preserve the significant historic resources that enhance and define the character of Jamestown, Rhode Island, some of which are recognized at the state and national levels. The time period of the resources focused on is 1872-1936. Although some of Jamestown’s resources are protected, most are vulnerable to demolition and alteration. This thesis outlines why Jamestown needs to expand its scope of preservation, tells the history of the island through the surviving historic resources, and chronicles the process of a historic district ordinance in Jamestown that almost passed. To outline possible ways forward, preservation policy tools that could be effective in Jamestown are explained, with similar towns serving as models. Finally, the reasons behind the current lack of preservation measures are analyzed.

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Academic Units
Historic Preservation
Thesis Advisors
Clark, Carol A.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 20, 2016