Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski

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Date

1-1-1971

Description

Taken at what was once Moshassuck Square (originally Randall Square), this photograph shows the general wasteland of the area before redevelopment. Many buildings in the area had been demolished or otherwise left to ruin. After a fire destroyed most structures in the area of the American Screw Company industrial complex on July 5, 1971, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission added Moshassuck Square National Register of Historic Places. This area, an early settlement space because of the confluence of the Moshassuck and Providence rivers, has been redeveloped and its salvaged buildings such as the Fletcher Manufacturing Company remodeled for office space.

Notes

Bibliography: Chase, David. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Moshassuck Square." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1972.

Creator 1 Role

Photographer

Themes

Urban Redevelopment

Subject Headings

Land use -- Vacant lands -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Cities and towns -- Growth -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Terrain vague -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Urban decay -- Rhode Island

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

Charles St.

Keywords

state house, Randall Square, wasteland, vacant property, fire damage, mills

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