ArtInRuins is undergoing a quarantine-powered makeover. For over 140 properties so far, photographs have been re-cropped, enhanced, and enlarged. Histories have been researched and expanded. Current events have been updated. Enjoy! Demolition Alert
A fire on Christmas morning gutted the building, but the Masonic Lodge members plan to rebuild,
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A massive 58,000 sf former electricity generating station went through three different redevelopment projects over 20 years before finally being completed Updated 16 January, 2021:
A sprawling pre-Civil-War-era complex with a proud history of metal manufacturing of many kinds, including armaments Updated 10 January, 2021:
One of the first condominium mill conversions in Pawtucket, taking full advantage of the picturesque Blackstone river Updated 7 January, 2021:
This 70-year-old diner car sat on blocks for 10 years before being restored and reopened as a classic breakfast and lunch diner Updated 4 January, 2021:
A group of turn-of-the-century mills get converted into affordable residential units and commercial/office space Updated 2 January, 2021:
A present-day example of early car service culture — white enamelled panels with bright green and red accents and an utilitarian design Updated 31 December, 2020:
A small, unassuming but nicely detailed brick firehouse from the mid-19th century on Providence’s West Side Updated 30 December, 2020:
A large mill complex of 13 buildings on 2 acres was converted to apartments and commercial space in 2005 Updated 29 December, 2020:
An over 180-year-old mill structure with the Woonasquatucket river at its back and a former office building fronting Manton Avenue Updated 27 December, 2020:
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1,316 anecdotes from people just like you.
Richard Woodbine (Central High ‘46) worked for Rau Fastener Co. on Westfield street from shortly after the time he got out of the Marines (1951) until 1987. He worked there as a machinist, inspector, trouble shooter, etc for his long time boss, Augustine (Gus) Cilione. Lots of...
Dore on Perkins Buildings 17 January, 2021
First off, sort of a minor thrill seeing my name in bold typeface but I did NOT have a studio in the Pilgrim Mills building. I did live diagonally across from it at 118 North Main St where I shared a living/studio space with Dave Hansen AKA Sport Fisher from the Fabulous Motel...
Dan Gosch on Pilgrim Mills 5 January, 2021
May not make the history books but if memory serves me The Armory Revival Company, who had offices next door, worked with the sole proprietor gas station owner (who couldn’t afford DEM mandated tank upgrades) to get the tanks removed and to to buy the station. Our proposed use...
Mark Van Noppen on Texaco Station, Westminster St. 5 January, 2021
Doesn’t this building resemble the
Almy Street School? If the Sanborn Map circa 1895 is correct, it seems likely that these schools had similar floor plans.
Kim Smith Barnett on Prince Hall Masonic Lodge 29 December, 2020
I took a ride by the area today, with my husband, and was hoping to reminisce about the place where my dad — Sebastião Pelicano — worked for many years. My Dad worked at Washburn Wire for as long as I can remember and was laid off before it became RI Forging Steele. He was a v...
Ann Pelicano Goff on Washburn Wire 27 December, 2020
I worked at the Central Avenue store in the early 1960s part time in the stock room; I remember my boss was Ralph Goodreau and I really enjoyed my time there. I worked for a short time on the floor when needed until my mother passed a few months later. Apex was a great place t...
Maria Elena Arata on Apex Department Store 26 December, 2020
The building on the left of the Regal Plating Co sign was the former home of Jonette Jewelry Co., founded by Abraham Lisker and eventually taken over by my husband B. Gordon Lisker in the early 70’s. I don’t know the year, but Gordon moved the business to a larger building in ...
Nancy Rozendal on Regal Plating 14 December, 2020
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 24 November, 2020