Chester Smolski


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The Narragansett Electric Lighting Company had buildings on Eddy St. (pictured) and on Manchester St. They were once connected by an overhead conveyor belt, but no longer are. The Eddy St. building is no longer active as a power plant, and was donated to the Heritage Harbor in the early 90s, to be used as a consortium for historical archives. The Manchester St. plant, however, is still functional, and remains similar in appearance to when it was first built. It was purchased and renamed the Dominion Energy Manchester Street Station.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H, Ronald J. Onorato, and William M. K. Woodward. Buildings of Rhode Island. Oxford: New York, 2004. 59-60. Print. Woodward, William McKenzie. PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture. Providence, RI: Providence Preservation Society, 2003. 122. Print.


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City Planning

Subject Headings

Aerial views -- Providence (RI); Electric power-plants -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Providence River (RI); Historic districts -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Express highways -- Rhode Island

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

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Street Address

342 Eddy St.


jewelry district, abandoned, downtown, cityscape, city planning, Providence, RI