Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Fall 11-1978


Valley Falls Mill Complex was one of the earliest established industrial sites in Central Falls. The mill was located on a difficult site: two of its buildings were on an island in the Blackstone River, connected by a series of bridges across a canal. Upon its remodeling as housing for the elderly in the 1970s, existing materials were reused wherever possible, and newly constructed buildings in the complex were sheathed in brick and stucco to maintain the mill’s historic appearance. These photographs show the developments.



Jordy, William H. "Buildings of Rhode Island." Oxford, 2004, pp. 159-160.

Kennedy, Pamela A. "Central Falls, Rhode Island." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1978, pp. 66-67.

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Subject Headings

City planning and redevelopment law -- Housing -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls; Housing -- City planning -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls; Urban renewal -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls; Remodeling -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls; Low-income housing -- Rhode Island -- Central Falls; Older people -- Housing

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Central Falls

Street Address

1485 High St.


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