These three buildings are testaments to Providence as an
early powerhouse of American industry. They preserve
the scale and density of buildings in this commercial area
before 20th century demolitions created the open spaces
of the surrounding parking lots.
Points of interest: 3 Steeple Street (ca. 1793) is the
oldest surviving industrial building in Providence.
9 Steeple Street (ca. 1847) was built as a jewelry factory.
It is also known as the former location of Al Forno, the
restaurant that invented wood-grilled pizza, one of
many innovations that sparked the dining renaissance of
Providence. The area was also formerly home to Brown
and Sharpe and the Gorham Manufacturing Company,
famed for its silver production.