One of the most interesting, if unsuccessful urban renewal spaces in Providence is I.M. Pei and Zion & Breen’s 1969 Cathedral Square.
The plaza is laid out in front of the grand if moldering Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (1878-89) by Patrick Keeley.
On the northside are E. F. Kennedy’s Roman Catholic Chancery Office and Auditorium (1966-67), completed at roughly the same time as the plaza. On a recent visit in the middle of the day, the plaza was deserted, used mostly as a pass-through to get other places.