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  • For those of us who worked there as caseworkers it was a place like none other and it was the saddest of days when it was razed. Only the fondest of memories. A unique place to have experienced
    Ann Perron on John E. Fogarty Memorial Building
  • Sad to say as an update but it looks like the demolition process of Building #19 has started a few months ago haven’t been by in a while last i saw there were construction workers and fencing all around
    Joe on Narragansett Race Track
  • My aunt owned one of these homes and ran her beauty shop angela’s hair fashions out of it. I believe it was the one that later became the ben and jerrys… so hard to tell now. I remember the IHOP across the street. My mother would drag me along on friday nights in the 70s here ...
    joseph franco on Block bounded by Brook St., Meeting St., and Euclid Ave.
  • I have no ties at all to this… I’m just and always have been interested in history, especially British history that overlays to the United States… I wanted to know about the mills and the towns they build, because I love watching narrow boats on the canals in the UK, and they ...
    Samn Diller on Slatersville Mills
  • Indeed it has been filled-in, but if you look closely along Ann Mary Street, you’ll notice that most of the concrete retaining wall along the back of the building is actually an extant section of the exposed north wall of Down Under Duckpin. Where there once was a rear/service...
    Marc Berman on Down Under Duckpin Bowling
  • Harry and his son Colin D. Barrett employed by GMC by way of Tiffany NY. Designers both at last decade of 1800s. Both were also of RISD as adjunct professors? Harry Barrett’s daughter married a silversmith’s son, John E. Orton, my great grandfather.
    Herman Vanderwart on Gorham Manufacturing Company
  • 52 years ago today, my brother-in-law was working the police detail for a concert there. I was ten. He thought the band was Blood Sweat & Tears which excited me as they were all over the radio back then. Alas, it was not BS&T but he was close. It was Black Sabbath on their fi...
    Jim on Rhode Island Auditorium
  • My dad was one of the owners of Stillman White foundry which moved to two other locations in RI. I used to work in the office at the Bark St location during summer vacation when I was in high school. Even then it felt old and there was so much accumulated dust from the kind of...
    Barbara Dunkin on Stillman White Brass Foundry