Old Industrial Trust Company Building 2019-09-27T19:35:03-05:00

Project Description

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Old Industrial Trust Company Building

ADDRESS
238 Main St., Pawtucket

HOURS
Sat., Sept 28, 10am-4pm 

ACCESSIBILITY
Accessible (downstairs only)

ADDRESS
238 Main St., Pawtucket

HOURS
Sat., Sept 28, 10am-4pm 

ACCESSIBILITY
Accessible (downstairs only)

About This Site

From the outside, you would never guess that this vacant building hides a vaulted, stained-glass and copper-clad dome. It’s all that remains of the Pawtucket branch of the Industrial Trust Company Bank, which called 238 Main Street its home from 1901 until 1951. The Industrial Trust Company was established in Providence by Samuel P. Colt in 1886. Colt’s creation of a Pawtucket branch was part of the Company’s gradual absorption of several other banks which produced the Industrial Trust Company’s banking monopoly in Pawtucket.

238 Main Street was designed in 1901 by architects William R Walker & Son and built by Sheldon Construction Company. Both architect and builder were Pawtucket residents. The building originally boasted a Neoclassical facade with Corinthian columns, an arched main entrance, and a balustrade atop the roof. The impressive dome once soared two-and-a-half stories above the bank’s marble floors and shining mahogany and brass teller cages. The bank’s facade was modernized to its present appearance sometime between the bank branch’s closing in 1951 and 1955. By the 1980s, the building had become home to Sacco’s Fruit Store. Today, the inside of this building is raw with peeling paint and splintered wood. But look up, and you can see the compelling story told by The old Industrial Trust Company Bank building of the original grandeur of Pawtucket’s Main Street and the potential contained in the buildings that still stand today.

Behind The Scenes

Imagine the histories concealed throughout downtown Pawtucket through the unexpected grandeur of this hidden dome.

*Please be warned that this building has been vacant for approximately 15 years, leaving the air quality compromised. There will be face masks available.

Special Programming

We’re excited to welcome artist Alexander Dupuis to activate this vacant building with a sound installation that heightens visitor experiences within the space. Alex is a video artist, composer, and performer based in Providence, RI. His current points of focus include designing generative audiovisual systems and performing real-time animations in musical contexts. Complementing and even responding to Alex’s soundscape, are light projections that further amplify the building’s architectural elements designed by the Doors Open RI team.

In the building’s storefront windows is a popup exhibit on both the building’s history as well as the history of Pawtucket’s Main st. over time, coordinated by Julia Lazarus with help from the Pawtucket Preservation Society. The participatory exhibit encourages visitors to share their visions for the future of Main St. and share any knowledge they may have on the building’s history.

Photographs by Christian Scully, Design Imaging Studios

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