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Milk Can

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c. 1931. Eddie Dowling Hwy., .5 mile from intersection with Manville Rd.

This giant icon fashioned of flushboarding and sheet metal sits atop a circular dispensary for cones and shakes—or “cabinets” to native Rhode Islanders. More architecture parlante. Whereas Apex ( PA14) illustrates a concept, here depiction is literal. The Milk Can was moved from a site in Lincoln several miles south which went to new highway construction.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


What's Nearby


William H. Jordy et al., "Milk Can", [North Smithfield, 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, 239-239.

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