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Sometimes referred to as the Fox Point Elementary School, Vartan Gregorian School is an example of Mid-Century Modern architecture that had been neglected and treated inappropriately for years when it was included on the 2011 Most Endangered Properties list. The building, designed by Cull & Robinson and of steel frame construction,  was once located in Tockwotton Park, surrounded by massive elm trees. Now, like the like the elms that once adorned the park, the building itself is in danger of disappearing.

The ongoing changes within the Providence School District had left the property vacant, with no plans for future use as a school. Despite community outcry, the school was closed indefinitely in 2013. Like many of Providence’s public schools, it had suffered for years with deferred maintenance. As of February, 2019, the building is once again a functioning elementary school.

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