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Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission
Statewide Historical Preservation Reports
The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission produced a document in 1981 which is very informative about Providence and Rhode Island.
Provided here are excerpts of the publication as well as links to the complete publications.
The document was originally issued by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission in 1981. For more information, contact: Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission The Old State House 150 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903 Phone: 401-222-2678 Fax: 401-222-2968 Email: info@rihphc.state.ri.us www.rihphc.state.ri.us
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
iii
List of figures
iv
I. Introduction
1
II. Location and Physical Features
3
III. History of Providence Industry
4
  Pre-Industrial Period
4
  Early Industry: 1807-1829
5
    Embargo Acts and the War of 1812; Protective Tariffs; The Power Loom; Steam Power and Early Steam-Engine Manufacturers
 
  Early Industry: 1829-1848
8
    Steam Power; The Corliss Steam Engine; Textile Printing and Other Water-dependent Industries; Base-Metal Industries; The Jewelry and Silverware Industry
 
  Industrial Expansion: 1850-1860
12
    Immigration, Incorporation and Expansion; New Industries
 
  Industrial Expansion: 1860-1873
13
    Weapons Manufacture; The Woolen and Worsted Industry; Incorporation and Expansion in the Base Metal Industries; Gas Lighting and Production; The Streetcar Network; The Panic of 1873
 
  Industrial Maturation: 1873-1900
16
    Population Growth and Immigration; Expansion of the Worsted Industry; The Jewelry Industry; New Industries; Utilities and Transportation; Consolidation
 
  Twentieth-Century Industrial Providence: 1909-1939
22
    Expansion and Diversification in the Jewelry Industry; The Decline of the Textile and Textile-Machine Industries; The Great Depression
 
  Twentieth-Century Industrial Providence: 1939-1980
30
    World War II; Postwar Era: Urban Decay and Urban Renewal
 
IV. Architectural Development
33
  Early Textile Mill Construction
33
  Early Machine-Shop and Foundry Construction
34
  Changes in Mill Construction
35
  The Jewelry-Manufacturing Building in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
40
  Mid-Twentieth-Century Industrial Building
41
V. Re-Use of Industrial Buildings
41
Append A: National Register of Historic Places
42
Appendix B: Tax Reform Act of 1976
42
Appendix C: Grants-In-Aid Program
43
Appendix D: Survey Form and Maps
43
Appendix E: Inventory
45
Bibliography
61
 
 
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