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Demolition by Neglect: Heavy wind and rain in the past few days has caused part of the roof to collapse on this structure
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A relatively simple carriage house down the hill from Benefit Street featuring unique architectural details and construction
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The Fletcher building marks the first foray into downtown Providence for RISD and its graduate students
A turn-of-the-century 6-story downtown commercial building that is now part of the RISD campus
A former steel and wire manufacturing facilty along the waterfront in East Providence shut down in 1994 and was razed 10 years later
A long-standing and intact example of mill architecture from the late 1800s, available as studio and commercial space
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An iconic department store visible from interstate 95 in Pawtucket with an uncertain future
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1207 anecdotes from people just like you.
This building seems to be getting razed. Excavator parked behind building and half of the roof and south wall has been demolished. Work maybe started this week?
(**A.I.R.:** We understand that it did not come down of its own accord recently. The wind and heavy rain on Monday ...
TWD on M.N. Cartier & Sons November 24, 2020
I started working at Gorhams, under Bud Holmes in the Yard gang in September 1972 at 19 years old. Dick Angelini was the shop steward, Harold Thompson (Murphy) was the lead man. In 1973, I transferred to the second shift foundry as a squeeze molder and fill in for melter-poure...
Philip L Winsor on Gorham Manufacturing Company October 30, 2020
I have a cast toy Do Not Park Sign with R I Malleable Iron Works RI and swastika on it. Only one I’ve ever seen.
Greg Paris on RI Malleable Iron Works October 28, 2020
I worked at RPP in the mid 90’s in maintenance. I started out cleaning up around the park and eventually ended up working on the rides. I worked with Greg, Bob, Joe, Henry, Big Rob (or Mate) as his friends called him, Scotty and Jay in the Carpentry Department shout out to you...
Jason Churchill on Rocky Point Park October 8, 2020
Question. My mother worked fir What Cheer Laundry back in the 40’s. Is there a way for me to find out the years she was employed, I do remember seeing a “5 year pin”. My mom passed when I was 13, unfortunately I never was able to hear her wonderful stories of friends she had t...
Marian Shannon-Fre on Louttit Laundry September 18, 2020
I LOVE THE SILVER TOP DINER!!! I was an Architecture student at RISD during the 80’s. As me and other fellow RISD students had to pull all-nighters working on design projects at the design studio located on South Main Street, we would go to Silver Top around 3 am starving!... ...
Mary King on Silver Top Diner September 13, 2020
I remember meetings there while I was a member of Fidelity Chapter of the Order of Demolay (the youth arm of the Masons) in the late 1960’s.
We also had monthly dances at the Edgewood Yacht Club down the hill. They were well attended by various chapters of Demolay and of cour...
Michael Poole on Possner Castle September 11, 2020
I bowled there in the 1960’s and started working there when I turned 16 at the end of 1970. The owner was Ed Sullivan, not to be confused with the host of the famous TV show at the time. He offered me a weekend job and I worked there for 6 years until I graduated from college....
Jim Nielson on Down Under Duckpin Bowling September 9, 2020