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Rhode Island Company Trolley Barn

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1912, H. H. Bronsdon (engineer), William H. Hamlyn and Son (builder). 1160 Cranston St.

Whereas United Traction's primary area was Providence, the Rhode Island Company focused on statewide service. This 400-by-200-foot building served as its barn and repair shop. Cars entered the building along twelve tracks through large openings ranging the length of the building's south side (the original doors have been lost to modern replacements). More utilitarian than the United Traction Company barn, it is nevertheless impressive for its size, its handsome brickwork (especially the layering of its corbel work), and its large tower, a landmark in the area. It now houses buses.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Rhode Island Company Trolley Barn", [Cranston, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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