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. Demolition Alert
Demolition by Neglect: The owner is seeking emergency demolition permission on the only remaining section due, in part, to their own lack of maintenance of the building. Recently updated Properties
An 80' high, 400' long steel bridge spanning the Providence River, preassembled and floated into place on August 27, 2006
The first building in Rhode Island made from recycled shipping containers is available for lease as office space
What was left of the former lumber yard along Harris Ave. was replaced with new office space in 2009
Abandoned and for sale for almost 20 years, this drive-in theatre has rot away to almost nothing
A late 90s/early 2000s conversion of a small mill with new addition on North Main Street into luxury condos
4-story new construction marries a 2-story Greek Revival 150 years younger at the base of College Hill
An unassuming rehabilitation of a simple mid-century industrial space into a modern office
A hub of student and museum activity for RISD named after the late Happy Chase, an ardent preservationist of properties along Benefit Street
An early entry into the luxury apartment market built in 2003. By 2005 it was purchased and redeveloped as 330 condominiums.
Four residential units plus retail in a industrial chic box added density to the West Side in 2007.
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1087 anecdotes from people just like you.
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
The 72 Fountain Street building was purchased by the Operating Engineers, Local 57 in 1940 for use as their union hall. My grandfather, Jack White, was the Business Manager at the time of the purchase. Local 57 Engineers is a union that represents the heavy equipment operators...
Jim White — Business Manager & President, Local 57 Engineers on Fountain Street, #66 August 25, 2020
My great-grandfather, Thomas Costello was a Foreman at American Screw Company in Providence when he died in 1937. His death certificate states 47 years spent in that occupation.
Jason Costello on American Screw Company August 12, 2020
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