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Spring 4-1971


Looking north from I-95, this vantage point shows the Blackstone River and downtown Pawtucket in 1971. At this time the city was in the midst of an urban renewal project that added, among other developments, the iconic Apex department store (right). The “Apex Mall,” as it is sometimes referred, was built in downtown Pawtucket in 1969. The design of a stepped, white stucco surface, literally an apex, illustrates a problem tackled by designers to communicate with fast moving automobiles through illustrative architecture. The skyline is dominated by the Art Deco Pawtucket City Hall, which is a strong example of a modernized Neo-Federal style, and the cupola of the Slater Mill Complex


Bibliography: Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island" Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 142, 146-147


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Subject Headings

Cities and towns – Growth -- Rhode Island -- Pawtucket; Urban renewal -- Rhode Island -- Pawtucket;

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United States

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Rhode Island

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Taft St.


Apex; Pawtucket; Slater Mill; urban renewal; development; Blackstone River;