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
A huge turn-of-the-century brick barn for trolleys that was later used by the Narragansett Brewing Company for storage & distribution.
Vacant since 1987, this building stood on the West Side across from Central High School for over 20 years before being completely razed to the ground.
This 60 year-old Art Deco structure was vacated in 2000 for new digs across the highway. It say vacant for 6 years until a proposed condo structure took it down.
A big hulking 5300-person capacity civic auditorium that hosted sports and entertainment for close to 50 years.
A local-chain tire and automotive parts outlet with four car-wide drive-through bays on a local retail corridor.
This property is actually a tale of three things — competitive cycling, a football stadium, and the Providence Steamroller
Brilliant — park on top, bowl below. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t hip enough to survive waning interest before bowling made a resurgence.
One of the last big box stores on North Main Street, closed since the mid-to-late 90s. Demolished in 2014 to become infill for a parking lot.
A boarded-up retail space along a retail corridor in need of rethinking.
A former clothing store built off the north side of Sears that stayed empty for years and years before being razed in 2009.
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Recently added Anecdotes
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
lorne greene came here with his rodeo… and some kids took a weekend to training session on the ice with some RI Reds… and my old girl friend brought me down to the corner sandwich shop at the foot of the hill.
norman leach on Rhode Island Auditorium February 14, 2019
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