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
A plethora of pithy postcard images from the turn of the century.
An amazingly dense complex of mill structures dating from the mid-1800s and in use for over 100 years before succumbing to two large fires in the midst of plans to redevelop
The story of two central fire stations located on the perimeter of Exchange Place, now Kennedy Plaza.
During this park’s 90-year run, it entertained millions of New Englanders as well as people from all over the world.
A massive private home designed by important turn-of-the-century minds had as colorful a history as it had decorative stone details.
Old aerials of Providence taken from different vantage points and at different times in its development.
A photo recreation series of a RISD student portfolio taken in 1975 and 1976 — recreated in 2008
A sprawling complex and a leading designer of silver goods for 100 years or more. Still in business (not in RI) as part of the Lenox Corporation.
A 60 year old, 6000-foot long steel cantilevered truss bridge that struck fear and awe in the passengers that rode over it.
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933 anecdotes from people just like you.
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
Actually, George Boyden had nothing to do with Vanity Fair, which lasted only 4 seasons (1907-1910). The fire in 1912 was NOT at Vanity Fair, which had already been dismantled, but at the remnants of nearby Boyden Heights amusement park and resort which itself had closed two y...
Bruce Remick on Vanity Fair Amusement Park July 11, 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