A small, square remnant of a much larger Riverside Mills complex remained as City property for almost 30 years before being torn down.
A long-standing and intact example of mill architecture from the late 1800s, available as studio and commercial space
Two massive five-story, brick, pier-and-spandrel warehouses along the waterfront once used for storing cargo. Vacant for 15+ years before demolition from 2013-2015.
Slow and steady wins this race — vacated in 1964, some of the buildings were in use as early as 1988, but only 30 years later has the entire complex been redeveloped
A late 19th-century mill building used originally as a machine shop but largely as a cording manufacturer that converted to residential in 2004
Closed in 1981, this William R. Walker and Son-designed church was vacant for over 20 years before neglect contributed to its demise.
A wonderful meeting of Brutalist and roadside architecture in a striking circular floor plan that fit the location at the apex of Broadway and Atwells Avenue quite well.
An over 180-year-old mill structure with the Woonasquatucket river at its back and a former office building fronting Manton Avenue
A small, unassuming but nicely detailed brick firehouse from the mid-19th century on Providence’s West Side
Falling into disrepair since the 1970s, this once important community center found new use and continues to support the neighborhood and Providence schoolchildren
A mid-sized 4-story mill of red brick and stucco in the middle of a residential neighborhood became apartments in 2009
A long fight over the demolition of a former neighborhood school — and a contributing structure to the Broadway-Armory Historic District.
A mid-century housing complex that survived the blast intended to take it down.
The iconic “HOPE” sign rose off the roof of a mill building as you drove north on 95 until a fire devastated it in 2004.
A two-story brick L-shaped mill along Eddy Street south of the corner of Eddy and Public Streets. In decay for 10 years or more before being razed in 2005.
One of the first condominium mill conversions in Pawtucket, taking full advantage of the picturesque Blackstone river
A large mill complex of 13 buildings on 2 acres was converted to apartments and commercial space in 2005
Before it was demolished and rebuilt, the Ocean House was one of the few surviving 1800s seaside resort hotels in RI
A group of turn-of-the-century mills get converted into affordable residential units and commercial/office space
This 70-year-old diner car sat on blocks for 10 years before being restored and reopened as a classic breakfast and lunch diner
Demolished as part of the relocation of I-195 in the early 2000s, this large mill complex was home 45 small businesses, art studios, and a bar.
A sprawling pre-Civil-War-era complex with a proud history of metal manufacturing of many kinds, including armaments
A huge, castle-looking 400 foot long stone rubble mill with two impressive towers joined to a more modern red brick mill on either side of a historically hard-working river
A tall, handsome mill which was a cottom weaving company for about 35 years before becomming a realty company that rented space to other businesses — now residential lofts
A massive 58,000 sf former electricity generating station went through three different redevelopment projects over 20 years before finally being completed
A present-day example of early car service culture — white enamelled panels with bright green and red accents and an utilitarian design
A large, late 19th-century mill complex razed for the relocation of I-195 in the mid-2000s. The complex was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
A huge turn-of-the-century brick barn for trolleys that was later used by the Narragansett Brewing Company for storage & distribution.
America’s first designed and purpose-built amusement park was open for only 5 years.
A sweet and spare little gas and service station formerly on Eddy Street. Love the painted transom sign.