Not much, currently. We noticed this building in 2006. Right next door to the Foundry. There has been some recent vandalism on the site, and we wonder how much more it will suffer before someone does something with it.
This building was the victim of a fire somewhat recently although the extent of the damage seems almost purely cosmetic, I noticed a sign hanging on the fence several days later to the effect of “Now you jerks have really done it”. In my mind this is an allusion to the fact that the seedy underbelly of Providence is still alive and well. Others notable buildings of historical significance involved in unsolved arson cases include... the Prov. Fruit Warehouse, the Trolley Barn in Cranston, the mill fire in Pawtucket 3 or 4 years ago that left a number of people homeless to build a new Stop and Shop.
(from ProvPlan.org/PPS) The primary structure is a two-story, 4-by-5-bay, flat-roof structure with a corbelled cornice and stone trim. According to historic maps, this block was used for office space and storage. Fenestration consists of segmental-arch openings with replacement 1/1 sash on the upper story and glass block infill with fixed sash below. All windows on this block have stone sills. Attached to the rear (north) elevation of this block is a wider, two-story brick block with loading bays along its east elevation. This block has several infilled window openings and replacement sash. According to historic maps and the current assessor’s card for the property, further north are a one-story, concrete block ell and a large greenhouse. (Due to limited access of the site, these ells were not field checked.) A long, one-story flat-roof, concrete block garage stands to the rear of the site, at the northern-most end of the property. According to Sanborn maps, the garage was constructed in 1919.
H.P. Hood & Company, manufacturers of ice cream, bought this building in 1926. Before that the Regealed Ice Company of Providence (1910), the Hygienic Ice Manufacturing Company (1917-1919), and the Maine Creamery Company (1919-1926) occupied it. The building was one of two ice cream plants in the immediate vicinity. The 1919 map identifies the building as Maine Creamery Co. “Building being remodeled” and shows a very similar footprint to the current shape of the building. In 1919, the square, steel frame ell at the rear of the building was a long, rectangular, one-story addition (not extant). H.P. Hood & Sons are recorded on both the 1937 and 1944 Sanborn maps as occupants of this building. The building is now occupied by the Bay State Florist Supply Company.
Pat C Aug 10 2016 I think you should check this place out — I worked in the area up til July 2012. The RI Blood Center has totally revamped it and it looks great. Check it out.
Patrick Donovan Aug 27 2012 In 1967, 2 of my friends and I leased two ice cream trucks from a Mass. outfit and set ourselves up selling ice cream on a stick in Providence. Our supplies came from the Hood warehouse. It was breathtaking walking in there in the evening when it was still 95 degrees and 95% humidity outside, and inside it was 40 below. For the first few minutes it was unbelievably refreshing. And ice cream stacked 20 feet high! Paradise!
Heidi Jursa I was told that My great grandfather worked here, I am wondering if someone could tell me if there are any records to prove this Thanks, H.Jursa
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