Rhode Island Tool Company building

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Rhode Island Tool Company
Providence Tool Co.jpg
Rhode Island Tool Company building is located in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Tool Company building
Rhode Island Tool Company building is located in the United States
Rhode Island Tool Company building
LocationProvidence, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°50′36″N 71°24′56″W / 41.84333°N 71.41556°W / 41.84333; -71.41556Coordinates: 41°50′36″N 71°24′56″W / 41.84333°N 71.41556°W / 41.84333; -71.41556
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
NRHP reference #04000808 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 4, 2004

The Rhode Island Tool Company is a historic industrial property at 146-148 West River Street in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a 5-acre (2.0 ha) parcel located between West River Street and the channelized West River, on which stand two historic buildings. The main building of the complex is a sprawling agglomeration of attached structures, whose construction began in 1853, and whose surviving elements include six parts that predate the American Civil War. Construction of the complex was begun by the Providence Forge & Nut Company, which purchased the Providence Tool Company, and was the largest employer in Providence in the 1870s. The complex represents the best-preserved period metal-processing facility in Providence, and was the only drop-forging operation the state when it closed in 2003.[2]

The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Rhode Island Tool Company" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-27.