A collection of six brick buildings with a complicated history, series of owners, and name
A large, long, four-story 100 plus year old mill on the corner of Harris and Atwells is revived as apartments and commercial space
A handsome, symmetrical, two-story fire house that was built at a time when horses still drew fire apparartus
A series of late 19th and early 20th century mill buildings converted to residential during the boom of the mid-2000s
A part of the Provisions District met the wrecking ball in 2011. Owner of this and nearby buildings, The Providence Journal Company, used deferred maintenance as an excuse.
A bricked-in and enclosed one-story building along Kinsley Avenue exploded in a chemical fire that leveled it and threw conder blocks across the street
The story of two central fire stations located on the perimeter of Exchange Place, now Kennedy Plaza.
A slowly built-up set of factory buildings that decayed for more than a decade before being razed for… a flower farm
Two indistinct one-story infill buildings flanked by 100+ year old two-story mill buildings that manufactured fire safety equipment
An elaborate four and a half story Medieval Gothic armory has been plagued by underutilization for the past 20 years
The “Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge” at Crook Point was abandoned in 1976 but once carried Providence, East Providence, Warren, & Bristol train lines
The spooky former “School for the Feeble-minded” which decayed for 20 years before being slowly razed building by building.
In use for almost 70 years, the East Side Train tunnel burrows beneath College Hill and once connected Union Station to East Providence
A low-slung, 2-story mill with numerous large windows sat vacant for years before it succumbed to a fire
This historic wooden structure over the Providence River withstood the Hurricane of 1938 but not a lighting strike on January 12, 2011
A wonderful Beaux-Arts fire station on the east side of Providence that has been vacant since 2017
The littlest building in downtown (not including parking lot shelters) that was once home to small coffee shops.
A long fight over the demolition of a former neighborhood school — and a contributing structure to the Broadway-Armory Historic District.
What was left of the former lumber yard along Harris Ave. was replaced with new office space in 2009
A mystery! How long did this slender building along Charles Street and the Moshassuck river stand?
Long-time tenants Davis Dairy vacated in spring 2020 after a fire damaaged the upper floors of the house
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.
A decaying former banking hall with high cielings and an interior stained-glass lit dome shrouded in copper
An emblem and pin manufacturer with a long life as industrial/
commercial space until a conversion to apartments
A turn-of-the-century 6-story downtown commercial building that is now part of the RISD campus
A nine-story commercial building turned residential and joined the ranks of its neightbors in the collective called “Westminster Lofts”
One of the first condominium mill conversions in Pawtucket, taking full advantage of the picturesque Blackstone river
An irregulary shaped two-story former jewelry mill turned into a small-business studio and residence
While only a small 2,600 sf portion of the original complex remains, it’s great that it was saved
A complex of one- and two-story buildings used for upholstery fabric distribution and manufacture for over 90 years
An early 1900s fire station converted to a senior center in the early 1980s and in constant use ever since
A late 90s/early 2000s conversion of a small mill with new addition on North Main Street into luxury condos
A massive private home designed by important turn-of-the-century minds had as colorful a history as it had decorative stone details.
Once the center of an ambitious waterfront redevelopment project, the building is now underutilized
A 100-year-old ornamental steel and iron manufacturer gets a new life as a center for vocational training and art creation
This building survived for 115 years before becoming too outdated to stay relevant in an ever-expanding hospital system
A sliver of an 1829 structure survives under this turn-of-the-20th-century vaudeville theatre turned movie house turned commercial storefronts
A modest turn-of-the-century three story mill in a dense mill area of Pawtucket
A former businessman’s club that could no longer operate is turned into the offices for an archoeological and historic preservation non-profit
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.
Old aerials of Providence taken from different vantage points and at different times in its development.
A large parcel of land on the edge of the jewelry district whose 1- and 2-story buildings were razed by speculation but nothing yet occupies the site.
A former steel and wire manufacturing facilty along the waterfront in East Providence shut down in 1994 and was razed 10 years later
A circa 1900 collection of mill buildings are still in use as manufacturing, small business space, and studios even though the building itself needs maintenance
Vacant since 1987, this building stood on the West Side across from Central High School for over 20 years before being completely razed to the ground.
A small, five-story commercial building that underwent a modern renovation into 12 apartments on a busy downtown street
A non-descript one story building in the jewelry district was once a job training program for impoverished women