Neighborhood: Smith Hill, Providence

17 properties

  • Parcel 2c: A new 13-story office tower headquarters for BCBS Rhode Island built in 2008

    | Built: 2008-2009 | Decade: 2000-2009

  • 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

    | Built: 1872–1941 | Redeveloped: 1986–2017 | Decade: 1870-1879

  • 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.

    | Built: 1895-1908 | Demolition: 2011 | Decade: 1900-1909

  • A photo from 1982 is updated in 2005, before additional new buildings rise up, and then again in 2024

    | Decade: 1980–1989

  • A mapping project to trace the origins and evolution of the Cove Basin north of Downtown and south of Smith Hill, from 1823 to present day

    | Decade: 1820-1829

  • A former Providence Journal distribution center that was previously a milk processing plant is becomming a graffiti playground

    | Built: 1923–1926 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • A cute, manageable, three-story mill building on the outskirts of Smith Hill surrounded by car yards

    | Built: between 1908–1919 | Decade: 1910-1919

  • Parcel 14: This Neo—Classical Revival structure stood unfinished for 80 years before finally getting a new life as a hotel in 2004.

    | Built: 1926 | Redeveloped: 2004 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • This imposing, 6-story cold storage facility ran continuously for 98 years. It fell to the wrecking ball before converting these buildings became the cool thing to do

    | Built: 1894-1911 | Demolition: 1998 | Decade: 1890-1899

  • This ornate former single-family home was built in stages and owned by two prominent business people that almost succumbed to the wrecking ball

    | Built: 1856, 1864, 1877 | Redeveloped: 1920, 1990, 2003 | Decade: 1850-1859

  • Parcel 6a: A seven story low rise condominium complex along the Blackstone River with 255 units — the first phase of a larger residential center

    | Built: 2005-2009 | Decade: 2000-2009

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

  • 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.

    | Built: 1929 | Demolition: 2008 | Decade: 1920-1929

  • Parcel 15b: A new bank construction done in a classical form on Smith Hill steps away from the State House.

    | Built: 2003-2005 | Decade: 2000-2009

  • A 60-year history slinging good, hearty diner food evaporated into a cyclone of legal battles. The diner itself is still unrestored.

    | Built: 1937 | Redeveloped: 2016 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • A narrow 3-story building built as infill when rail lines were removed in the Provisions Warehouse District. Most recently a set of nightclubs.

    | Built: 1937 | Decade: 1930-1939

  • Parcel 6b: A six-story pile of setbacks and surface changes along the Moshassuck River, Amtrack train corridor, and the State House

    | Built: 2016-2018 | Decade: 2010-2019