GSA Marks Rhode Island Courthouse Centennial
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Celebrations for the centennial of the federal courthouse in Providence, R.I., opened with a formal ceremony on Feb. 12, 2008. It was an auspicious gathering. GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings David Winstead joined Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. and judges from the District of Rhode Island to mark the occasion.
As landlord for the federal civilian government, GSA owns and maintains the historic courthouse, a magnificent building constructed at the turn of the 20th century as a post office, courthouse and custom house. Considered one of the finest landmarks outside Washington, D.C., it was the city's third federal building — designed by the local architectural firm of Clarke and Howe in the Beaux Arts style. At the time, a monumental classical profile was a favorite of architects commissioned to design major public buildings.