Neighborhood: East Side, Providence

37 properties

  • A large mill built in stages with an iconic square, open-top stair tower visible from Interstate 95.

    | Built: 1830 et seq. | Redeveloped: 2019–2023 | Decade: 1830-1839

  • A former clothing store built off the north side of Sears that stayed empty for years and years before being razed in 2009.

    | Built: circa 1950 | Demolition: 2009 | Decade: 1950-1959

  • A new 3-story building for offices, meeting rooms, and flexible classrooms clad in untreated steel sits in the corner of what once was a parking lot

    | Built: 2015 | Decade: 2010-2019

  • A simple Art Deco commercial building whose fate is uncertain now that its long-term tenant has moved out

    | Built: ca. 1930 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • A local-chain tire and automotive parts outlet with four car-wide drive-through bays on a local retail corridor.

    | Built: circa 1965 | Decade: 1960-1969

  • Once a circa 1920s car garage, most recently this was a commercial block home to Bagel Gourmet and East Side Mini-Mart, two Brown-University-student staples

    | Built: between 1908–1920 | Demolition: 2020 | Redeveloped: 1990–91 | Decade: 1910-1919

  • A new set of residence halls to rise five stories along Brook Street, creating a pocket of dense stident housing

    | Built: 2022-2023 | Decade: 2020-2029

  • A large former gymnasium with a large enough indoor space to support a suspended indoor quarter mile track. Demolished in 2001.

    | Built: 1927 | Demolition: 2001 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A former industrial building converted to a Benny’s department store and then converted to a strip mall

    | Built: between 1939–1951 | Demolition: 2020 | Redeveloped: 2020–2021 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • A neighborhood battle and a prolonged redevelopment took down Clark’s to replace it with mixed-use residential and commercial space

    | Built: circa 1890 | Demolition: 2014 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • A non-descript location captured 45 years ago with an evolution that deserved to be recaptured

    | Then: 1976 | Now: 2023 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • In use for almost 70 years, the East Side Train tunnel burrows beneath College Hill and once connected Union Station to East Providence

    | Built: 1906–1908 | Demolition: 1983 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • A popular restaurant since 1973 in a unique red brick building that was an early horse-drawn apparatus Fire Station

    | Built: 1892 | Redeveloped: 1951 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • A wonderful Beaux-Arts fire station on the east side of Providence that has been vacant since 2017

    | Built: 1906 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • This cinder block building with a residential looking store facade slapped on it stood vacant for many years before demolition. Part of the way commercial retail comes and goes.

    | Demolition: 2012

  • A former catholic school has been converted into 24 two-bedroom residential units on the East Side

    | Built: between 1920–1937 | Redeveloped: 2019 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • A sweet little simple Art Deco brick gas station in the middle of the Hope Street commercial district. Probably contaminated and hard to subdivide, so it came down.

    | Built: 1940s | Demolition: 2002 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • Long-time tenants Davis Dairy vacated in spring 2020 after a fire damaaged the upper floors of the house

    | Built: circa 1900 | Redeveloped: 2021 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • A local scooter sales and repair shop with a side of delicious expresso drinks

    | Opened: 2002-2003 | Closed: 2010

  • A modern gymnasium that borrowed some of the classically-inspired details of the building it replaced

    | Built: 2010–2012 | Decade: 2010-2019

  • A 19th century former volunteer firehouse turned into commercial space on a busy urban corner

    | Built: 1866 | Redeveloped: 1950s? | Decade: 1860-1869

  • A rather small commercial storefront that was a branch bank for some time but abandoned for many years before eventual demolition.

    | Demolition: 2009

  • A plethora of pithy postcard images from the turn of the century.

  • A small but charming red square building in various states of repair and neglect over the years

    | Built: 1924–1925 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • This property is actually a tale of three things — competitive cycling, a football stadium, and the Providence Steamroller

    | Built: 1925 | Demolition: 1937 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A late 1920s Tudoresque fire station on the East Side of Providence is seeking ideas for reuse

    | Built: 1929 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A big hulking 5300-person capacity civic auditorium that hosted sports and entertainment for close to 50 years.

    | Built: 1925 | Demolition: 1989 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A boarded-up retail space along a retail corridor in need of rethinking

    | Built: Between 1962 & 1972 | Demolition: 2007 | Decade: 1960–1969

  • One of the last big box stores on North Main Street, closed since the mid-to-late 90s. Demolished in 2014 to become infill for a parking lot.

    | Built: circa 1948 | Demolition: 2014 | Decade: 1940-1949

  • An innovative early 70s hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure design that allowed a 130' x 325' uninterrupted interior space

    | Built: 1973 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1970-1979

  • A new addition to a old home (and the demolition of another) on historic Angell St. brings new character and more space to those that want to find their zen

    | Built: 2010-2012 | Demolition: 2010 | Decade: 2010-2019

  • An older building made way for a new patient care and operating room facility in the middle of a dense residental neighborhood

    | Built: 2006-2007 | Decade: 2000-2009

  • A nice, simple early 20th century building on a busy commercial corridor with some subtle Art Deco details

    | Built: circa 1930s | Decade: 1930-1939

  • A new three story, boxy and flat modern apartment building on an important historic East Side corner

    | Built: 2021 | Decade: 2020-2029

  • Demolition Alert

    A turn-of-the-20th-century former funeral home will be demolished for a new apartment building on the edge of Wayland Square

    | Built: 1892 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • A 56,000 square foot center for Brown University’s international studies students

    | Built: 2001-2002 | Decade: 2000-2009

  • A classic mid-century brick and limestone commercial building transformed into a highly visible commercial, residential, and rooftop restaurant space

    | Built: 1948–1949 | Redeveloped: 2016–2017 | Decade: 1940-1949