Providence Deli

With the development of new housing and social life in downtown Providence, Cornish proposed a new deli/grocery that fulfills the needs of both daytime and nighttime activity, beyond the franchise and packaged food available.

The Providence market becomes a critical element in supporting the network structure of the city– allowing people a place to cross over, and more reasons to walk through the Westminster neighborhood.

The design of the market has been to project a sense of environment and action– a sensibility– that can entice a new tenant into the space.  The idea is to use the notion of the multiple– the repetition and variation inherent in a market to project through itself out into the urban atmosphere.  The color and changing displays become an evolving street transformation.  More literal connections between inside and outside is made by opening up seating to the outside through the storefront with tables and benches.

TSA completed the initial concept that encouraged the project.  Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects, who have a historic preservation background, were the architects for the eventual tenant, Gourmet Heaven.