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Added 16 September, 2023: Two buildings on a prominent corner of Wickenden Street face demolition in favor of a five-story 62 unit apartment building
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Added 25 September, 2023: An mid-19th-century mill falters in its second life but gains a third life in the late 2010s to become residential with a boutique hotel on the same property
Updated 21 September, 2023: Added four new olkd photos from the recently released PPS Slides Collection
Updated 9 September, 2023: Added three photos of the halls nearing completion
Updated 3 September, 2023: Added a YouTube video and a new story about the move from 142 Angell to 79 Brown Street
Updated 3 September, 2023: Added a panaramic photo we found from our archives shot in 2002 by Sarah Clover
Updated 3 September, 2023: Added a screen grab of an 1890 advertisment as well as extensive history from Ian O’Connor
Updated 1 September, 2023: Added a photo of the Fox Point Trolley Station with a transcription of the inscription
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Added 1 September, 2023: This gothic revival wood frame house has been languishing since the 1990s as developers have come and gone
Added 11 August, 2023: A quaint small cottage is delicately saved by a considerate addition and rebuild while the large lot was subdivided to support monster new construction
Added 3 August, 2023: A newer complex of brick structures built up and around an almost 200-year old stone mill
Updated 30 July, 2023: Added two more photos of the demolition status as of July 1, 2023
Added 8 July, 2023: A worsted yarn mill under the same ownership for 60 to 80 years has been home to small businesses and a plastics company for at least the last 20
Added 1 July, 2023: A circa 1900 collection of mill buildings are still in use as manufacturing, small business space, and studios even though the building itself needs maintenance
Added 29 June, 2023: One of the oldest mill structures in Olneyville, this building housed a collection of 60 artists who were forced out in 2004
Updated 29 June, 2023: Added an in-depth archived news story about artist studio and small business rental prices in 2001.
Added 19 June, 2023: A large complex of mill buildings spread out over three city blocks is only partially intact and undergoing revitalization in different forms
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