Category: #UsedToBeThere

47 properties

Properties that have been demolished for various reasons. Sub-tags for Demolition by Neglect, Proposal, or “Progress”.

  • A simple building located next to the former Sportsman’s Inn (now the Dean Hotel) that was razed for a never-built hotel.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1915 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1910-1919

  • A small mercantile-style building razed for a never-built Sierra Suites Hotel in 2008. This building housed a few well-loved storefronts — New Japan, Cuban Revolution, and the Talk of the Town bar.

    Downtown Providence | Demolition: 2008 |

  • A simple art-deco-inspired mid-century storefront in Federal Hill demolished for the promise of a new hotel.

    Federal Hill | Built: 1950s? | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1950-1959

  • A former clothing store built off the north side of Sears that stayed empty for years and years before being razed in 2009.

    East Side | Built: circa 1950 | Demolition: 2009 | Decade: 1950-1959

  • Built circa 1915, these concrete coal storage towers were demolished in late 2002 by oversight — a permit was granted despite their protection by inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Silver Lake | Built: 1915 | Demolition: 2002 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • Two massive five-story, brick, pier-and-spandrel warehouses along the waterfront once used for storing cargo. Vacant for 15+ years before demolition from 2013-2015.

    South Providence | Built: 1913 | Demolition: 2013 | Decade: 1910-1919

  • Originally located along N. Main & Canal Sts., across from Roger Williams Park, Providence, the last meat-packing plant survived until the 1980s

    Downtown Providence | Built: Unknown | Demolition: 1984 |

  • A large former gymnasium with a large enough indoor space to support a suspended indoor quarter mile track. Demolished in 2001.

    East Side | Built: 1927 | Demolition: 2001 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • Closed in 1981, this William R. Walker and Son-designed church was vacant for over 20 years before neglect contributed to its demise.

    South Providence | Built: 1888 | Demolition: 2006 | Decade: 1880-1889

  • A wonderful meeting of Brutalist and roadside architecture in a striking circular floor plan that fit the location at the apex of Broadway and Atwells Avenue quite well.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1968 | Demolition: 2003 | Decade: 1960-1969

  • Brilliant — park on top, bowl below. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t hip enough to survive waning interest before bowling made a resurgence.

    Built: circa 1955 | Demolition: 2014 | Decade: 1950-1959

  • A low-slung, semi-circular mid-century modern transportation hub in downtown Providence.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1963 | Demolition: circa 1992 | Decade: 1960-1969

  • The spooky former “School for the Feeble-minded” which decayed for 20 years before being slowly razed building by building.

    Built: various buildings, 1909–1965 | Demolition: slowly from 1995 through 2015 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • The one that started a revolution. A 13 acre site, bounded by Atwells Ave, Eagle Street, and Valley Street, housing cheap artist studio space and the famous Fort Thunder arts collective.

    Olneyville/Valley | Built: 1866-1875 | Demolition: 2001-2002 | Decade: 1860-1869

  • A kid-friendly family theme park with storybook characters and amusement rides that closed in 2005.

    Built: 1971 | Demolition: 2014 | Decade: 1970-1979

  • A pair of auto-centric businesses constructed as the “new” highway was carved through Providence in the 50s/60s.

    West Side | Built: circa 1960 | Demolition: 2012 | Decade: 1960-1969

  • This cinder block building with a residential looking store facade slapped on it stood vacant for many years before demolition. Part of the way commercial retail comes and goes.

    East Side | Demolition: 2012 |

  • A non-descript downtown commercial building probably faced with enamel and steel details in the 1950s. Razed in 2005 for a condomuium tower that was never built.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1930s, 1950s | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • A conglomeration of possibly six 1-3 story structures bounded by Westminster, Union, and Weybosset Streets razed in 2005 for a proposed parking garage.

    Downtown Providence | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • A long fight over the demolition of a former neighborhood school — and a contributing structure to the Broadway-Armory Historic District.

    West Side | Built: 1901 | Demolition: 2012 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • A mid-century housing complex that survived the blast intended to take it down.

    Silver Lake | Built: 1952 | Demolition: 1989 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • A sweet little post-Art Deco brick gas station in the middle of the Hope Street commercial district. Probably contaminated and hard to subdivide, so it came down.

    East Side | Built: 1940s | Demolition: 2002 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • The iconic “HOPE” sign rose off the roof of a mill building as you drove north on 95 until a fire devastated it in 2004.

    Built: 1901 | Demolition: 2004 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • A two-story brick L-shaped mill along Eddy Street south of the corner of Eddy and Public Streets. In decay for 10 years or more before being razed in 2005.

    South Providence | Demolition: 2005 |

  • A lovely little pub that we never had to pleasure of visiting. Construction on a 3 mile sewer project damaged the foundations beyond repair.

    Jewelry District | Built: 1820 | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1820-1829

  • Vacant since 1987, this building stood on the West Side across from Central High School for over 20 years before being completely razed to the ground.

    West Side | Built: 1906 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • This imposing, 6-story cold storage facility ran continuously for 98 years. It fell to the wrecking ball before converting these buildings becamethe cool thing to do.

    Smith Hill | Built: 1894-1911 | Demolition: 1998 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • Abandoned and derelict for 17 years, the former brewery complex that once employed 850 people was razed in 1998. The brand has lived on and has since reclaimed its Rhode Island heritage.

    Built: 1890 | Demolition: 1998 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • A rather small commercial storefront that was a branch bank for some time but abandoned for many years before eventual demolition.

    East Side | Demolition: 2009 |

  • This property is actually a tale of three things — competitive cycling, a football stadium, and the Providence Steamroller

    East Side | Built: 1925 | Demolition: 1937 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A long, low slung industrial building west of the highway and in the shadow of the Providence Place Mall. Neglect over ten years as well as some nefarious local dealings took the building down.

    Smith Hill | Built: 1929 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • Demolished as part of the relocation of I-195 in the early 2000s, this large mill complex was home 45 small businesses, art studios, and a bar.

    South Providence | Built: 1846 | Demolition: 2001 | Decade: 1840-1849

  • A neo-Georgian building that was home to the original home to the Providence National Bank Company. Razed for a proposed hotel that was never built.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1929, 1950s | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • This 60 year-old Art Deco structure was vacated in 2000 for new digs across the highway. It say vacant for 6 years until a proposed condo structure took it down.

    Downtown Providence | Built: 1940s | Demolition: 2007 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • By the time we took photos, most of the main mill building had crumbled. The main building, though, is still standing and has been converted to a restaurant.

    Built: 1867, 1918 | Demolition: 2002 | Decade: 1860-1869

  • A big hulking 5300-person capacity civic auditorium that hosted sports and entertainment for close to 50 years.

    East Side | Built: 1925 | Demolition: 1989 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • An unassuming single story commercial property razed for the Walgreens and condos at 333 Atwells Ave.

    Federal Hill | Built: 1923 | Demolition: 2006 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A much loved Rhode Island summer destination and chowder and clamcakes tradition. First amusement installed in 1850 and operational for about 140 years.

    Built: 1847–1918 | Demolition: 2003 | Decade: 1840-1849

  • A boarded-up retail space along a retail corridor in need of rethinking.

    East Side | Demolition: 2007 |

  • One of the last big box stores on North Main Street, closed since the mid-to-late 90s. Demolished in 2014 to become infill for a parking lot.

    East Side | Built: circa 1948 | Demolition: 2014 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • A former waterfront nightclub overlooking Narragansett Bay that operated under many different names in its 10 year lifespan

    Fox Point/India Point | Built: 1990 | Demolition: 2011 | Decade: 1990-1999

  • An early demolition of a large mill complex that flew under the radar in the early 2000s. Replaced by a Home Depot shopping center.

    Charles | Built: 1850-1880 | Demolition: 2001 | Decade: 1860-1869

  • An innovative early 70s hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure design that allowed a 130' x 325' uninterrupted interior space for the Brown University pool

    East Side | Built: 1973 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1970-1979

  • A large, late 19th-century mill complex razed for the relocation of I-195 in the mid-2000s. The complex was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

    Built: 1873 | Demolition: 2004 | Decade: 1870-1879

  • A huge turn-of-the-century brick barn for trolleys that was later used by the Narragansett Brewing Company for storage & distribution.

    Built: 1900 | Demolition: 2005 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • The former home of three different radio stations left to rot for almost 20 years.

    Built: circa 1970 | Demolition: 2019 | Decade: 1970-1979

  • A sweet and spare little gas and service station formerly on Eddy Street. Love the painted transom sign.

    South Providence | Built: 1940? | Demolition: 1985 | Decade: 1940-1949