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Once a circa 1920s car garage, most recently this was a commercial block home to Bagel Gourmet and East Side Mini-Mart, two Brown-University-student staples
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Updated 15 January, 2022: A former floating gourmet restaurant moored on South Water Street just outside where the Hot Club is today, before the current boat slips
Updated 8 January, 2022: A 1980s conversion from industrial to residential condominiums by the same developer of the Davol Rubber Company
Updated 8 January, 2022: Added new photos of the undergoing renovation and brick repointing work
Updated 8 January, 2022: Added a photo we found from the Pawtucket Library of the diner being moved on a flatbed truck
The Art of Ruins — This week’s artful image
After 1925, the largest laundry business in RI with 150 employees and 16 outlets throughout the state
Updated 7 January, 2022: Added a few new (old) photos of Ming Garden
Updated 6 January, 2022: Added a more recent photo from 2014 with the Nexus Properties banner in place
Updated 6 January, 2022: Added a new photo from the Providence Public Library showing the Three Ones from the east, with a foundations of pilings driven into the river
Updated 6 January, 2022: Added an undated early photo of the Armington & Sims Engine Company
Updated 6 January, 2022: Added a Sanborn map we found which labels this property as Lincoln Machine Co.
#WhatAreTheyBuilding: Under Construction
Updated 10 January, 2022: A new, dense, trapezoidal residential building with ground-floor retail on the edge of the Jewelry District
Updated 9 January, 2022: One of a few new hotels built in the late 2010s with barely an effort made to be more than a bland off-the-highway-style, could-be-anywhere hotel.
Updated 26 December, 2021: 21st-century modernist construction for micro-loft student housing at the base of College Hill
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