Using One Union Station

We are fortunate to have great convening space at One Union Station that is available to nonprofit and public sector groups to utilize at low or no cost during the Foundation's public hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence.
The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence.

To request the use of a room and for more information on logistics and room policies, please complete this meeting space request form.

One Union Station history

Union Station was originally the main terminal of the Providence train station from 1898 to 1986. Designed by Stone, Carpenter, and Willson and constructed by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the station consisted of five yellow brick buildings. In the station's early days, some 300 trains ran through it each day.

As train usage decreased through the decades, Amtrak constructed a smaller facility nearby, and plans were made to convert Union Station into stores and offices.

In April 1987, a massive fire nearly destroyed the historic building. But work continued, and two and a half years later - and $10 million in renovation costs - Cookson America moved its offices into the former main terminal building.

The Rhode Island Foundation purchased the building in April, 1999 for $4.5 million, and moved into its new home in August. The Foundation occupies the third floor of the three-story building and part of the second floor.

Since purchasing the building, the Foundation - although it is tax-exempt under the law - has paid property taxes, with payments to date totaling more than $4 million.


LocationOne Union Station
Providence, RI 02903


(401) 274-4564

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