Greenville Finishing Company Complex was owned by an absentee landlord that inherited it from his father (name ?). It was then owned for a short time by Sal Soloman – then sold to a a group of four guys (Northborough Recovery Services) with big plans for retail.
The main building office is 401-949-0404. Some of the tenants include: the Greenville Antique Center (8 years) (401-949-4999), KBox Karate, Waynes Cards & Comics, Forge Signs (401-949-8989), R & S Storage (401-949-7867), Worthland Fire & Saftey, and the Purple Piano (401-949-3988).
A small waterfall on the left caught my attention and I saw a makeshift bridge and trail along the water. I could see remnants of a mill trash pile with exposed rusted metal and buckets probably filled with chemicals. Large pipes hanging out of the side falling apart. Very rocky, another bridge of logs with cable wire attached between 2 trees, rocky, thorny path that crossed back over to a steep hill.
I wander into the Purple Piano. Set up as part retail, part consignment art and musical equipment, they offer music lessons, yoga, piano repair and art & music therapy. They came to this space the past June and opened their doors by mid September 2003. The space was used as a storage for cars and car parts. The back room they sectioned off into practice rooms, offices and hallways. They now have 150 students attending and have independently contracted teachers. The owner’s specialty is piano. He is also an avid collector of vintage pianos. The atmosphere was homey and comfortable.
They had an innovative idea with a roof leaking problem: trying to get things fixed in the building has been difficult, so after coming in to find a leak on one of the vintage pianos, they took a trip to the hardware store to rig up a water trap that goes to an outdoor gutter with tubing and drainage collection pipes.
An older three-story granite mill with a monitor roof, now covered up with vinyl siding, probably dating from early 1800s, with a central loading tower and stairway. Other brick and mortar updates, probably between 1880 and 1920.
It should be noted that one of the few Google searches for “Greenville Finishing Company” that yielded a correct result was a RI Supreme Court case from 1920. The Wikipedia page about Greenville, RI, has a photo of the Greenville Mill from the turn of the 20th century, but the date was not more specific.
Cliff Mathewson Jan 28 2009 I worked there for a short time in 1983. The company was a belt buckle company. My job was to bend the little tabs on the back of the buckle. And then pressing them on a footpress. Talk about tedious work. One day during the summer we had an awful thunder & lightning storm. And lightening struck the metal chiminy of a ceramics company in the same building. What a loud bang when the lightning hit. The whole place shook!!!
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