From the complicated history of early mill building on both sides of the Pawtuxet at Greenville, no more than a single important structure remains, and that in precarious condition. Although the Providence entrepreneurs Almy and Brown united all the small mills into a single operation before 1851, after this date the mills on either side of the river split into separate firms. The brick plant on the west bank (c. 1896, c. 1907), designed by the Providence mill specialist Frank P. Sheldon and erected by J. W. Bishop, replaced an earlier one destroyed by fire. The stone mill, originally the Lapham Mill, on the east bank, is somewhat older and architecturally more interesting.
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