Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence, RI

Located in the heart of the historic Roger Williams Park, the early menagerie that opened in 1872 was the United States’ third official zoo. By 1978 the City of Providence and the RI Zoological Society decided to upgrade its facilities. They turned to KITE for the design of a series of new pavilions, walkways, and exhibits.

The new park designed by KITE embodies the interactive and educational spirit of the modern zoo. New walkways lead visitors through preserved natural wetlands area. Special exhibits for polar bears and sea lions incorporate underwater viewing windows. Exhibits include carefully designed habitats for North and South American animals that are seamless within the park’s topography and vegetation. The children’s learning center pavilion uses natural materials and ample daylight.

Awards

Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA New England, 1979