Doran Building

150 Chestnut St, Providence ri


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James C. Doran and his sons James and Joseph, who specialized in jewelry findings (also umbrella fit¬tings, collar buttons, emblem findings, box-settings, and a joint-and-catch tool for making collar pins) commissioned the left side of the building in 1907. In 1909, the right side of the building plus the 8th floor was added. Most space was rented to other small jewelry companies. The load-bearing brick walls are reduced in depth as they go up, “slow burning” heavy timber beams carry the floors, fire escapes were added to comply with codes. The Doran family sold the building in 1966. In 1979 it was subdivided into condominiums. Source - Dr. Dietrich Neumann, Brown University for GoProvidence.