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Davis Lofts former Henry A. Davis & Sons

 

While biking around the west side many years ago now, I happened to stuble upon Davis Lofts. At least, at the time, I didn’t know what it was. It was an interesting U-shaped building that seemed to be under renovation, so, I snapped some photos. A few years later, now, it seems that the project has turned into Davis Lofts. Reasonably priced, it seems, and well apportioned. A nice-looking place all in all.

 

From ProvPlan.org/PPS This four-story flat-roof building was constructed ca. 1875 when it first appears on the Hopkins map of that year. The complex itself is comprised of two four-story, rectangular, brick blocks connected by a four-story hyphen. The 4-by-11-bay structures are embellished with a wood cornice and dentils at the cornice line. The building stands on a granite foundation and features segmental-arch window openings with a combination of 12/12, 2/12, 12/2, and replacement 1/1 sash with granite sills. Several windows have been boarded up. A pedestrian entrance is offset on the eastern bay of the facade (south elevation). A paved parking lot bound by chain link fencing is located to the east.

The original owners of the property were Curry & Richards, who used the building for the manufacture of jewelry. The property was transferred to Leander R. Peck in 1890 and in 1909 the property was transferred to Peck Realty, who appears as the building’s owner on the 1918 map. Peck Realty retained ownership of the building through to 1946, while the building was rented out to numerous firms. The 1919 directory lists Henry A. Davis and Sons, shoddy manufacturers at 4 Meadow Street, which stands to the rear (northwest) of the Pine Street building. The 1919 Sanborn map confirms the presence of Davis & Sons on Meadow Street and possibly occupying some portion of the Pine Street building. The first floor of the structure was used as a machine shop, the second was used for a braid factory, the third was a jewelry shop, and the fourth floor was vacant. The 1937 map identifies the building as Henry A. Davis as does the 1944 map.

Some of the tenants throughout the structure’s history include the Burton Shoe Company (1907), American Hand Laundry (1911), Eastern Jewelry Company (1927), and the Providence Felt Slipper Company (1927). In the mid-1980s the building contained a loft apartment on the fourth floor, a musician’s loft on the third, a photo studio on the second floor, and an architect’s office on the first.

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