Chester Smolski


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Street scene of Richmond St. near the corner of Richmond St. and Pine St. in downtown Providence. Many of these commercial buildings were erected as far back as 1889 and have shuffled owners and intentions. Where some have been remodeled, the commercial buildings retain a similar vein of their past. They are all flat-roofed, rectangular multi-tier buildings with open glass windowed storefronts on the street and office space on their higher levels.


Bibliography: Sanderson, Edward F. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Downtown Providence Historic District, Amendment (Boundary Increase)." United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, 2007.


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


street scene, urban development, urban renewal, Providence downtown, downtown, downtown improvement, downtown revitalization, 'Providence, RI', shops