Finally, we found a website – though not a great one – SlaterCottonMill.com. Some rental info is available there. Interestingly for us, we noticed that they had a project called “Grant’s Mill”, which is a mill located on Carpenter Street, Providence's West Side. Not sure how far along they are on that project.
By Kevin Shalvey | Providence Business News
New Hampshire-based Brady Sullivan Properties today completed its purchase of the former Slater Cotton Mill, for an undisclosed price. The downtown property is the second historic Rhode Island mill the developer has acquired in the last six months.
Brady Sullivan plans to spend $22 million to renovate the 164,175-square-foot mill, creating 124 market-rate loft condominiums, according to owner and principal Shane Brady.
Including the former Grant Mill in Providence, which Brady Sullivan bought in October, the developer has purchased more than 1 million square feet of space in Rhode Island and the Boston metropolitan area. The acquisitions are part of a southward expansion southward for the company, which now owns and manages more than 3 million square feet of office and residential space in and around Manchester, N.H., said Tim Sheldon, Brady Sullivan’s director of operations and design.
The new development, near several other mill projects, will closely align with the city’s push toward re-establishing Main Street and the downtown as a cultural and commercial center, said city officials.
“My perspective and [Planning Director] Mike Cassidy’s perspective is: density, density, density,” said Pawtucket Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer Herbert Weiss. “Part of our economic strategy for the downtown – to make it work – is to bring more people to reside downtown.” Mayor James Doyle agreed, saying: “This downtown population is exciting, because their dollars will support the growing commercial, retail and entertainment venues that are located downtown.”
From the Pawt. Mill Building Survey, Preservation Society of Pawt. 1995: A long 4 and 5-story brick building with minimum pitch roof and segmental arch windows on continuous rough stone sills. Five-story towers are at either ends of the building on Church Street and 2-story weave shed at southeast corner, and 3-story later addition at the south of the building.
The building is generally in good condition, and although approximately 85% of the original windows and freight doors have been replaced, the majority of its historic elements remain intact. Original hip roofs on towers have been removed.
From the RI Historical Society: William P. Sayles was one of a number of prominent Rhode Island businessmen who founded the Slater Cotton Company in Pawtucket in November 1868. At the outset, Sayles was not particularly prominent in the company’s affairs, owning only 300 our of 4,000 shares outstanding and holding no company office. By January 1881, however, William F. Sayles owned a majority of the company’s stock, which remained widely distributed throughout the 19th century.
The Slater Cotton Company manufactured cotton goods in the grey state, which it either sold directly to commission merchants or contracted to be finished at nearby bleacheries or dye works. It also manufactured large quantities of cotton yarn which it sold, for the most part, to other cotton mills. By 1900, its product line included “Pride of the West” muslins, twills, sateens, nainsooks, and fancy lenos, as well as fine cotton yarns. The plant consisted of the Main Street Pawtucket factory of the American File Company, acquired in 1868, and a large brick mill on Church Street, erected in 1872.
The Slater Cotton Company apparently fared poorly in the first decade of the 20th century. By October 1908, it had fallen so deeply in debt that it was reorganized as a new corporation, the Slater Manufacturing Company. At this time, its functions were broadened to include manufacturing of silk cloth. This move failed to halt the company’s downward slide, which led to the liquidation of its manufacturing activities in 1915. In February 1915, its silk department was sold to the Hamlet Textile Company’s Pawtucket department (another Sayles holding), and in October 1915, its cotton yard department was sold to form the Slater Yarn Company (also called Sayles). For the next few years, the Slater Manufacturing Company existed solely as a real estate holding company, renting space in its Pawtucket plant to the Hamlet Textile Company. December 1918 saw the final closing of the Slater Manufacturing Company’s books.
Rick Goyette June 1 2008 Almost EVERY member of my family worked in this building when it housed ER Hutchinson Co., a company that made jewelry displays for as long as I can remember. My father was one of the founding employees when Earl Hutchinson opened the company in the 1960’s (could it have been opened earlier?) He, along with Earl, Mario and Dick DiFusco and many others could fill volumes with stories of this building. They spend the better parts of their lives working their, and forming friendships that survive to this day.
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