By Alex Kowalski
PBN Staff Writer
NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Lymansville Co. Mill, following long-term restoration, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, announced the R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission.
The historical placement comes after more than two decades of restoration and rehabilitation work on the wool and yarn textile mill, which enshrined the property due to its value to the “history of industry and architecture,” according to a release. The mill is now included in a state catalog of 59 similar sites.
“A hundred years ago, mills like Laymansville were the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy and offered widespread employment,” Edward F. Sanderson, executive director of the Commission, said in prepared remarks. “Today, rehabilitation of vacant historic mills like Lymansville once more offers the promise of economic development and employment.”
Built on the Woonsquatucket River in North Providence in 1884, the mill sold in 1956 after facing financial distresses and sold in 1957 as space for costume jewelry manufacturing among other operations before changing hands 30 years later.
Now mostly vacant of industry, the current owners plan to convert the property for residential use. The Lymansville Dam, part of the water power system of the expansive facility, also remains.
The recognition includes perks for the mill site, including tax benefits on historical restoration projects and special treatment from federally managed or assisted projects.