Wanskuck Mills


A brief History of Wanskuck from ProvidenceRI.com.

Did you know? Branch Avenue was originally named Wanskuck Road.


Taken from ProvPlan.org)
Wanskuck Hall is a two-story, red, brick building with a low-hipped roof and a wide projecting ornamental façade supported on attenuated brackets. This highly embellished building features decorative cornice, decorative brickwork bands, stone trim, segmental-arch window openings, and limited brick corbelling. A gable-roof projection extends from the front elevation and bears the words “Wanskuck Hall.” The building’s primary entrance is offset on the façade within a recessed segmental-arch opening with a simple door flanked by single-light sidelights and set below a single-light transom. Fenestration is comprised of 2/2 and 1/1 sash windows; windows on the first floor façade are set below arched openings with decorative carved wood panels embellished with a floral motif. A one-story addition extends from the rear elevation of the building.

This building was constructed as part of the Wanskuck Mill Village by the Wanskuck Company to provide a facility for social gatherings and cultural activities for the mill workers. The building was also used as a Sunday School for the Roger Williams Baptist Church until 1897.

Matthew Lawrence There’s now a Guatemalan Consulate in the mill, in the front half of (I think) the second floor. In the back of the second floor there’s a creepy office with signs about health, and when I asked the guy working there what they did he said “telemarketing,” even though there were no other people and no phones.

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