Smith Webbing Company


New owners, Shechtman Halperin Savage LLP, have turned the building into offices. The first floor tenant of the is the Providence Center, an offshoot or affiliated group of the Groden Center in Providence. The building was vacant for only about six months before the new owners purchased the space. As seen in photo 11, they added a new entrance in the “armpit” of the building.

Former tenants, Abaqus Software, moved to a new space at Rising Sun Mills in the summer of 2003.


A great little complex, these buildings have some nice details, and were once part of a larger complex (see photo 5, the bricked in area, used to be a walkway to the Paper Source building across the street). There is a large central smokestack, which denotes that this used to be a powerhouse, maybe for the larger complex it was attached to. The most charming aspect is the rounded corner (photo 7) on the north side of the building. All windows have been upgraded with aluminum replacements, but sadly, have squared off the segmented arch.

The Smith Webbing Company incorporated in 1898 as a manufacturer of narrow fabrics.

Preston Halperin Two years ago, 1080 Main Street was purchased by my partners and I. The Providence Center, a counseling group, occupies the second and third floors as a long term tenant. As of December 9, 2005, our law firm, formerly based in Providence, completed a total renovation of the first floor, adding an addition. With approximately 65 employees, our firm, Shechtman Halperin Savage LLP, will occupy 1080 Main Street for many years to come.

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