ArtInRuins is undergoing a quarantine-powered makeover. For over 160 properties so far, photographs have been re-cropped, enhanced, and enlarged. Histories have been researched and expanded. Current events have been updated. Enjoy! Recently updated Properties
An almost 100,000 square foot mill in an industrial section of Pawtucket that has been used as studio space for 30 years Updated 27 February, 2021:
A small but mighty former firefighter training facility turned art space and music venue and most recently, a hostel concept Updated 21 February, 2021:
A handsome two-story former wharf warehouse along Dyer street, backing up to the Providence River, used as a electric substation for about 100 years Updated 19 February, 2021:
A nice, simple early 20th century building on a busy commercial corridor with some subtle Art Deco details Updated 18 February, 2021:
A cute, manageable, three-story mill building on the outskirts of Smith Hill surrounded by car yards Updated 17 February, 2021:
Likely a former Phillips 66 Gas Station, this building went from tire shop to restaurant to convenience store Updated 16 February, 2021:
An irregulary shaped two-story former jewelry mill turned into a small-business studio and residence Updated 15 February, 2021:
A classically-inspired former bank with soaring vaulted ceiling finds new life as a performing arts center Updated 15 February, 2021:
A six-story early Moderne former bank lobby and upper-floor offices was redeveloped in fits and starts into residential apartments Updated 13 February, 2021:
A late 19th-century investment building used as commercial space for over 100 years recently turned into residential upper floors. Updated 12 February, 2021:
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1,398 anecdotes from people just like you.
I had a client up on the fifth floor, FirstWorks, that I would visit once a year when we kicked off a new season. The building had a great old vibe to it, with glass transoms over the doors, an old elevator, iron railings, and a cool skylight over the stairwell.
Highchair on Trayne Building 13 February, 2021
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows the date that the Three Stooges performed at the park? I am talking about around 1968 I believe. I believe it was around Memorial Day. My Mom and Dad brought me for my birthday. Over 50 years ago and I still remember the day. I met Moe after...
Barry Belotti on Crescent Park 8 February, 2021
My Dad, Charles Koch, worked as warehouse manager in the Atlas building for 20 years. The warehouse storage company was owned by Charles Sherman. As a young boy of 16 years old I worked there in 1968. I would clean the offices in the morning and then move out to the warehouse ...
Steve Koch on Atlas and Terminal Warehouses 1 February, 2021
My father,Robert McCaughey, my aunt Suzanne McCaughey, and my great grandfather James McCoy all worked at Brown & Sharp tool manufacturing co. My father came back from being in the Korean War to become an apprentice for B&S, then after a year he became the first mid/west tool ...
Andrea McCaughey on Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Company 25 January, 2021
Richard Woodbine (Central High ‘46) worked for Rau Fastener Co. on Westfield street from shortly after the time he got out of the Marines (1951) until 1987. He worked there as a machinist, inspector, trouble shooter, etc for his long time boss, Augustine (Gus) Cilione. Lots of...
Dore on Perkins Buildings 17 January, 2021
First off, sort of a minor thrill seeing my name in bold typeface but I did NOT have a studio in the Pilgrim Mills building. I did live diagonally across from it at 118 North Main St where I shared a living/studio space with Dave Hansen AKA Sport Fisher from the Fabulous Motel...
Dan Gosch on Pilgrim Mills 5 January, 2021
May not make the history books but if memory serves me The Armory Revival Company, who had offices next door, worked with the sole proprietor gas station owner (who couldn’t afford DEM mandated tank upgrades) to get the tanks removed and to to buy the station. Our proposed use...
Mark Van Noppen on Texaco Station, Westminster St. 5 January, 2021
Doesn’t this building resemble the
Almy Street School? If the Sanborn Map circa 1895 is correct, it seems likely that these schools had similar floor plans.
Kim Smith Barnett on Prince Hall Masonic Lodge 29 December, 2020