As Shawmut Design and Construction crew members locked up the demolition site for the day, a group of more than 20 people paid their final respects at a funeral held for the building at 111 Fountain St., an icon of 1960s Brutalist architecture that many found hard to love.
The funeral was organized by Marisa Angell Brown, architectural historian and assistant director of programs at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, in collaboration with Doors Open Rhode Island and the Providence Preservation Society.
Designed by the Rhode Island firm Castellucci, Galli & Planka Associates, the Fogarty was once home of the state’s Department of Human Resources. The Procaccianti Group received final approval in December to raze the vacant building and to build a Marriott Residence Inn on the site. The demolition is expected to take several weeks.
Standing before a funeral wreath and a photo of the building in its former glory, Brown and a few other admirers eulogized the Fogarty at its demolition site before proceeding to Murphy’s Pub to pour one out at the building’s wake.