Louttit Laundry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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 #


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.[2] 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]

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.[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.[3] As of 2012, the site has not been developed, and remains a vacant lot.


  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. ^ Rhode Island Art in Ruins, accessed January 1, 2013

External links[edit]

See also[edit]