Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Spring 5-1978


The Pier Village was developed in the 1970s. A combination of apartment housing and commercial space, the mall-like development has since been expanded to include more waterfront condos. The waterfront location had previously consisted of hotels, homes, and a casino that catered to summer residents and tourists in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The original buildings on the land were either lost in fires or demolished.


Jordy, William H., “Building of Rhode Island.” New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. pp. 367-368


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Subject Headings

Housing development -- Rhode Island -- Narragansett; Land use -- Planning -- Tourism;

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United States of America

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Rhode Island

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Narragansett Ave and Caswell St.


housing; commerical development; tourism; waterfront; Narragansett, RI