Louttit Laundry

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Louttit Laundry
93 Cranston Street Providence RI 2012.jpg
This empty lot is former site of Louttit Laundry
Louttit Laundry is located in Rhode Island
Louttit Laundry
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′4″N 71°25′27″W / 41.81778°N 71.42417°W / 41.81778; -71.42417Coordinates: 41°49′4″N 71°25′27″W / 41.81778°N 71.42417°W / 41.81778; -71.42417
Built 1906[2]
Architectural style Georgian Revival
Demolished 2008[2]
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 04000197 [1]
Added to NRHP March 18, 2004

Louttit Laundry (or What Cheer Steam Laundry) was a historic commercial building at 93 Cranston Street in Providence, Rhode Island. It was demolished in 2008.

The main building was a long two-story brick structure with modest Colonial Revival styling, with an office block at one end, built in 1925. The Loutitt Laundry was established in 1896 by William E. Louttit, and his business grew rapidly, moving to this site in 1918, where the What Cheer Laundry (purchased by Loutitt) had operated since 1901. Loutitt operated from a 1906 building built by the What Cheer proprietors, and expanded in 1925 with the construction of this larger facility.[2][3] At that time, Louttit was the largest laundry facility in Rhode Island, with over 150 employees and 16 locations.[2] The building was sold in 1985 for 1.2 million dollars.[2]

The 2001 fire destroyed the original 1906 building,[3] and left the 1925 building open to the elements. In an effort to attract attention to the site, the Providence Preservation Society listed the site on their Most Endangered List seven times, as well as listing it on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[2] Approval was granted to demolish most of the building but keep Cranston Street Façade intact;[2] however, in 2008, the city deemed the site unsafe, and the entire structure was demolished by the J.R. Vinagro Corp.[4] As of 2012, the site has not been developed, and remains a vacant lot.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "1995 Ten Most Endangered Properties". Providence Preservation Society. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Louttit Laundry". Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-15. 
  4. ^ Rhode Island Art in Ruins, accessed January 1, 2013

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