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Lime Rock Crushing Plant

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20th century. Wilbur Rd. at Eddie Dowling Hwy. (Route 146)

Into the 1990s, this was an especially impressive pyramid of sheds, containers, and elongated ducts made of wood or corrugated metal for conveyor belts. It fascinated as a record of the successive functional adaptations and improvements essential in any such structure, where machine and factory meet most directly. The ghosting of its thinly sheathed forms by white dust fused the parts and intensified their photogenic possibilities, as perhaps so did its rise out of the hollow of prior operations. As depletion of resources begins to alter operations, however, dismantling has reduced some of the complexity that characterized this industrial heap. Yet this old ghost, recalling continuous operation from the colonial period, still merits attention.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Lime Rock Crushing Plant", [Lincoln, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 199-200.

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