Davol Rubber Company

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Davol Rubber Company
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Davol Square
Davol Rubber Company is located in Rhode Island
Davol Rubber Company
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′2″N 71°24′25″W / 41.81722°N 71.40694°W / 41.81722; -71.40694Coordinates: 41°49′2″N 71°24′25″W / 41.81722°N 71.40694°W / 41.81722; -71.40694
Built 1880
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80000093 [1]
Added to NRHP June 27, 1980

The Davol Rubber Company is a historic industrial site at Davol Square, at the Point and Eddy Streets in Providence, Rhode Island.

The building was constructed in 1880 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is located adjacent to the historic South Street Station, which is currently being renovated. The Providence Jewelry Manufacturing Historic District is also nearby.


The Davol Rubber Company was founded in Providence in 1874 to produce rubber medical and surgical devices, such as hot water bottles and catheters.[2] In 1934, the company began the manufacture of the Foley catheter.[3] In 1971 the Davol Rubber Company opened a new facility in nearby Cranston, Rhode Island. The company was acquired by C.R. Bard, Inc. of New Jersey in 1980. The Davol Company, as it is currently known, is now located in Warwick, Rhode Island.[4]

Recent projects[edit]

Since Davol Rubber left, the building has had a series of tenants. The short-lived Davol Square Marketplace mall occupied the building complex in the 1980s. Later, it housed a mini-convention center for the costume jewelry industry for a short while. Various projects associated with Brown University have rented space in the building for many years, and the university recently announced plans to buy several buildings in the area.[5]

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