Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held his inaugural celebration this past Monday night at the Cranston Street Armory, an enormous castle of yellow brick whose turrets rise majestically and a bit improbably over the West End neighborhood where it sits.
The armory is well over one hundred years old and for ninety of those years it was the home of the Rhode Island National Guard. Lately, however, it has been mostly vacant and falling into disrepair. Mayor Elorza’s choice to hold his inaugural gala at the armory brought renewed attention to the effort to save this historic Providence building. Rhode Island Public Radio’s weekend host Chuck Hinman spoke with Executive Director of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Kari Lang.
To find out more about the fight to save the building, and to get her perspective on a new beginning for the Cranston Street Armory.
More information about the armory, and the organization's activities is available at wbna.org.