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Providence Foundry

Providence Foundry

The transformation of the Providence Foundry, home of the former Browne and Sharpe Manufacturing Plant, is one of the largest historic preservation projects ever undertaken in the state of Rhode Island. The development’s first building dates to 1872 and incorporates elements from the industrial past into the residential units.

Providence, RI Phase 1 Completed: 2005 220,000 sf Phase 2 Completed: 2015 109,000 sf
Photography by © Robert Benson Photography, © Warren Patterson Photography

Bruner/Cott, as design architect in association with Robinson Green Beretta, transformed the mill complex into 220 luxury rental apartments, beginning with the site’s Promenade Building. The Sharpe Building was Bruner/Cott’s second project on the site, adding 196 new apartment units.

Apartments are individually designed, sculpting unique living spaces and exploiting the building in both plan and section. Unit interiors take full advantage of existing elements: exposed brick walls, original Canadian maple factory floors, and local artifacts from the industrial past are all incorporated. Amenities include 13-foot ceilings and arched windows, a floor-through entry, two heating systems, and a swimming pool with a retractable glass roof.

The Promenade building is connected to a 400-car garage, developed as part of the project. The Sharpe Building includes a fitness and business center, event room, roof deck, and courtyard.


  • 2017 Providence Preservation Society, Strengthening Place Award
  • 2005 Providence Preservation Society, Adaptive Reuse Award

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