A square, seven story commercial building converted to apartments in the early aughts — a frontrunner to the downtown residential boom
A collection of six brick buildings with a complicated history, series of owners, and name
An amazingly dense complex of mill structures dating from the mid-1800s and in use for over 100 years before succumbing to two large fires in the midst of plans to redevelop
Built circa 1915, these concrete coal storage towers were demolished in late 2002 by oversight — a permit was granted despite their protection by inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
A series of late 19th and early 20th century mill buildings converted to residential during the boom of the mid-2000s
A visually-arresting former carriage house and stable behind one of Broadway’s most ornate mansions
A handsome, if not crumbling, three story brick and granite five-sided commercial building at the gateway to Pawtucket’s Downtown
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
Two distinctive buildings joined together as downtown residential lofts — both with unique features, design, and spaces
A former department store turned rock club venue turned loft apartments whose conversion contributed to making Downtown Providence bustle again
A late 19th-century mill building used originally as a machine shop but largely as a cording manufacturer that converted to residential in 2004
Worcester Lunch Car #806 has had a long life and many names but continues to attract new entrepreneurs who want to make a go of the restaurant business
Closed in 1981, this William R. Walker and Son-designed church was vacant for over 20 years before neglect contributed to its demise.
Once the largest manufacturer of costume jewelry, this building was vacant in the 80s but then revived by Lifespan as their corporate headquarters
An elaborate four and a half story Medieval Gothic armory has been plagued by underutilization for the past 20 years
During this park’s 90-year run, it entertained millions of New Englanders as well as people from all over the world.
A small stature mill building in a residential neighborhood will many varied uses over the years is now residential
A late ninteenth century dye house of the larger Weybosset Mills which has lately become a boutique hotel
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 small, unassuming but nicely detailed brick firehouse from the mid-19th century on Providence’s West Side
An enormous granite, brick, and steel early 19th-century military fortification guarding the entrance to Narragansett Bay
This chalet-style 19th century Stone & Carpenter design was reivigorated in 2002 with new foundation and additional connecting buildings to expand Brown’s Hillel Center
This 3-story flatiron 1920s commercial building was vacant for more than 20 years
At only 12 1/2 feet deep, the George Arnold building is an anomoly in the Downtown Historic District
A sprawling complex and a leading designer of silver goods for 100 years or more. Still in business (not in RI) as part of the Lenox Corporation.
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.
An irregulary shaped former horse stable turned furniture showroom turned apartments
This huge 7-acre complex is a mixed-use, active-24/7 collection of 165 flexible business spaces and 149 mill lofts
A former high-art-style consumer banking lobby and offices becomes a 56,000 sf art library and housing for 500 students
A turn-of-the-century hotel with intact, 100-year old wood panelled bar enhanced by stained-glass windows and decorative terra cotta
A turn-of-the-century 6-story downtown commercial building that is now part of the RISD campus
This handsome trapezoidal mill building with chamfered corner in the Jewelry District was converted to lofts in 2004.
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
Two 19th-century commercial buildings come together to create a unique hotel with historic character
A striking black and cerulean blue Art Deco first floor facade adorns this commercial building along a historically significant portion of upper Westminster Street
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 large two- and three-story mill complex bordered by Conant, Pine, Barton, and Weeden Streets
This Neo—Classical Revival structure stood unfinished for 80 years before finally getting a new life as a hotel in 2004.
This once ornate building was simplified in the 1920s and once again in the 2000s but has always been commercial space
This fine example of roadside architecture is slowly decaying along Route 146 in North Smithfield
One of two remaining Sterling Streamliner diners manufactured in the late 1930s by the J.B. Judkins Company left in the country
This ornate former single-family home was built in stages and owned by two prominent business people that almost succumbed to the wrecking ball
A large mill complex of 13 buildings on 2 acres was converted to apartments and commercial space in 2005
A large mill complex on the West Side of Providence turns into residential lofts at the beginning of the boom
Before it was demolished and rebuilt, the Ocean House was one of the few surviving 1800s seaside resort hotels in RI
A classically-inspired former bank with soaring vaulted ceiling finds new life as a performing arts center
A handsome yellow brick, seven story building with ornate white brickwork designs has become a dozen luxury residences with ground-floor retail
A massive, Romanesque-revival style, granite and brick masonry building with an interior Drill Hall clearspan space of 80 by 140 feet
A six-story early Moderne former bank lobby and upper-floor offices was redeveloped in fits and starts into residential apartments
A group of turn-of-the-century mills get converted into affordable residential units and commercial/office space
A stone mill formerly used as a machine parts manufacturer and now commercial office space
A fire-damaged former church used for many years as a furniture storage facility recently turned into 15 residential units
This 70-year-old diner car sat on blocks for 10 years before being restored and reopened as a classic breakfast and lunch diner
A mill redevelopment that tried to be different than the typical luxury condos and one that change residential zoning to help make units more affordable
A long, low slung industrial building west of the highway and in the shadow of the Providence Place Mall. Neglect over ten years as well as some nefarious local dealings took the building down.
A neo-Georgian building that was home to the original home to the Providence National Bank Company. Razed for a proposed hotel that was never built.
A 100-year-old ornamental steel and iron manufacturer gets a new life as a center for vocational training and art creation
A sprawling pre-Civil-War-era complex with a proud history of metal manufacturing of many kinds, including armaments
A sliver of an 1829 structure survives under this turn-of-the-20th-century vaudeville theatre turned movie house turned commercial storefronts
A small commercial building surrounded by parking lots razed for an 800 car parking garage for Johnson & Wales University
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
This mid-1800s structure was one the few examples of Providence’s eminent architect Thomas Tefft but burned in 2006.
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
An early 19th-century complex with two granite stone mills in the first “Mill Village” is converted into residential apartments
A massive 58,000 sf former electricity generating station went through three different redevelopment projects over 20 years before finally being completed
This reinforced concrete frame building was the first modern-style, large windowed design in the City
A mid-19th century small scale commercial brick mill has been a home to various businesses and loving owners
A narrow and difficult to redevelop building languished on the Ten Most Endangered List for five years before getting a new life
A present-day example of early car service culture — white enamelled panels with bright green and red accents and an utilitarian design
A small single-story brick commercial-industrial storefront with subtle art-deco details
A late 19th-century investment building used as commercial space for over 100 years recently turned into residential upper floors.
A 27,000 sf piece of the former US Rubber Works has been developed into the Waterfire Arts Center
This 120-year old station has see fires and rehabilitation, but the remarkably handsome structure is still standing and useful and full of tenants
A 400,000+ sq. ft. series of mill buildings dating from 1870 and converted to residential units after suffering a devastating fire that leveled half the complex
A dense complex of 20 buildings built over the course of 50 years has ben converted from maufacturing to new-arts-industrial to residential
A mini-arcade type of commercial building in a once bustling retail district turned small business and destination retail space
An ornate mill-company-built community space subdivided into offices during the last century
A recently underutilized mill building with distinctive central octoganol tower to become 225 apartments and commercial space
The Fletcher building marks the first foray into downtown Providence for RISD and its graduate students
A small, five-story commercial building that underwent a modern renovation into 12 apartments on a busy downtown street