Chester Smolski


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A west facing aerial view of Weybosset St. Some of the most visible buildings on the left side of the photo include the Providence Gas Company Building (1924), the Outlet Company (1891), Loews Theater (1928) and Beneficient Congregational Church (1809). Most have been remodeled for other use since this photograph but retain the exteriors and facades of their varied historic uses.


Bibliography: Jordy, William H, Ronald J. Onorato, and William McKenzie Woodward. Buildings of Rhode Island. Oxford: New York, 2004. 43-44. Print. Woodward, Wm McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. "Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historical Resources." Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1986, 243-244.


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Urban Development

Subject Headings

Aerial views -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Metropolitan areas -- Providence -- Rhode Island; Downtown districts -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Historic buildings -- Rhode Island -- Providence;

Country Name

United States

Region Name

Rhode Island

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Street Address

Weybosset St


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