Pawtucket mill complex added to National Register of Historic Places

Photo Credit: R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A century-old mill complex in Pawtucket is being honored for its contributions to local history.

The National Park Service has added the Standard Paper Box Corporation plant to the National Register of Historic Places, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission announced Tuesday.

The National Register is the federal government’s official list of historic places around the country deemed worthy of preservation.

The complex is made up of one- and two-story industrial buildings on Kenyon Street, in the city’s Pleasant View neighborhood. The first building was constructed in 1914 by the newly-created Pawtucket Box Company, who aspired to manufacture cardboard and paper goods of all kinds.

Edward Sanderson, the state’s historic preservation officer and executive director of the Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, said the complex is an important example of the factories that provided essential services to the state’s jewelry industry.

“For years this modest factory produced a fantastic variety of decorative specialty boxes for Rhode Island’s nationally important jewelry manufacturers,” said Sanderson in a statement. “Standard Paper Box Mill complex reflects an era when scores of interrelated local industries thrived and gave employment to Rhode Island families.”

In addition to honoring its history, the listing allows the complex to be considered for federally assisted projects, and it will be eligible for federal tax benefits for rehabilitation.

The current owners, 110 Kenyon Ave., LLC, plan to convert the industrial buildings into live-work units and commercial space.

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