This empty lot is former site of Louttit Laundry
|Location||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Architectural style||Georgian Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||March 18, 2004|
Louttit Laundry (or What Cheer Steam Laundry) was a historic site at 93 Cranston Street in Providence, Rhode Island. It was demolished in 2008.
The site was built in 1906 in a Georgian Revival style, and purchased by William E. Louttit for his growing laundry business. At that time, Louttit was the largest laundry facility in Rhode Island, with over 150 employees and 16 locations. The building was sold in 1985 for 1.2 million dollars.
In 2001 a fire destroyed most of the building, leaving it 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. Approval was granted to demolish most of the building but keep Cranston Street Façade intact; however, in 2008, the city deemed the site unsafe, and the entire structure was demolished by the J.R. Vinagro Corp. As of 2012, the site has not been developed, and remains a vacant lot.
- Providence Preservation Society
- Rhode Island Art in Ruins Loutit / What Cheer Steam Laundry
- J.R. Vinagro Corp Photos of the demolition of Louttit Laundry
- Providence Preservation Society 1995 Ten Most Endangered Properties
- Flickr photo Senator Lincoln Chafee stands in front of the former Louttit Laundry building
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