ArtInRuins is undergoing a (quarantine-powered ) makeover. The properties here have been updated for 2020 within a new responsive and mobile-friendly design. Photographs have been re-cropped, enhanced, and enlarged. Histories have been revisited and current events have been updated. We are going through properties one by one, starting with some of our oldest, to bring them into the new decade. We hope you enjoy the new look. Recently updated Properties
The former home of three different radio stations left to rot for almost 20 years.
This imposing, 6-story cold storage facility ran continuously for 98 years. It fell to the wrecking ball before converting these buildings becamethe cool thing to do.
A former waterfront nightclub overlooking Narragansett Bay that operated under many different names in its 10 year lifespan
A kid-friendly family theme park with storybook characters and amusement rides that closed in 2005.
An innovative early 70s hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure design that allowed a 130' x 325' uninterrupted interior space for the Brown University pool
A low-slung, semi-circular mid-century modern transportation hub in downtown Providence.
A long, low slung industrial building west of the highway and in the shadow of the Providence Place Mall. Neglect over ten years as well as some nefarious local dealings took the building down.
A pair of auto-centric businesses constructed as the “new” highway was carved through Providence in the 50s/60s.
A mid-century housing complex that survived the blast intended to take it down.
A big hulking 5300-person capacity civic auditorium that hosted sports and entertainment for close to 50 years.
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Recently added Anecdotes
I Loved this building, going to a Red’s Hockey game with my brothers, Father, and uncle who had season tickets was such a treat growing up in West Warwick, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. I remember going in on cold, snowy evenings and feeling the cold air, the smell of roas...
Bobby Desjardins on Rhode Island Auditorium July 19, 2020
I was born and raised in Providence and spent my teen years during the 1980’s being fascinated by the haunting allure of these old buildings. Just after I was married in 2000, my wife and I as newlyweds decided to venture off and explore the buildings. We entered one or two of...
Jason Simonelli on Sockanosset Boys Training School June 7, 2020
I taught at Oxford st school 1959-1960 and got off the Eddy St bus and walked past this church each day. I also visited as a member of The Girls Friendly Society as a youngster. Both the school and the church are gone but they were lovely buildings.
Lillian Johnson on Church of God in Christ Jesus June 2, 2020
My dad worked for this company as a salesman in NYC selling precious metal wire to the jewelry industry, from the 1950s, when it was called Improved Seamless Wire Co, before it became Improved Laminated Metals. He worked for them into the 1970s. I was just wondering what happe...
Andrea on Improved Laminated Metals June 2, 2019
Anybody know if anything remains of the Down Under Duckpin space below LA Fitness? It’s hard to tell, but it looks like they reused at least the exposed foundation walls along the side and back of the property. I’d love to get a peek inside to see what clues remain from the bo...
Marc Berman on Down Under Duckpin Bowling April 30, 2019
In 1961 when I was 8 years old I won a horse on the Salty Brine show. I went to the Rhode Island Auditorium to pick up the horse it was on television I met Fury the horse and Jeff salty Brian’s dog. I never received any photos which I’m sad about my family was poor so we didn’...
Ramona Reis on Rhode Island Auditorium April 26, 2019
My husband and I had our first date in 1991 and went to the Campus Club to see Rash of Stabbings, followed by a show around the corner at Club Babyhead, and finishing up with breakfast at the Silver Top. The Silver Top quickly became my favorite part of the dates in our early ...
Sherri Q on Silver Top Diner April 11, 2019
We were coming to Sears from Seekonk with my mom driving when I was a kid. When you came off 95-south you drove toward North Main but had to turn right a block away. My mom was sitting at the traffic light behind the Sears Auto Center, waiting to take the left to North Main an...
Thom Ring on Sears Automotive February 27, 2019
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