Alfred Building (now the Providence Children's Museum)

100 South Street, Providence, RI


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Alfred Company Building 1926; This 2-story, flat-roof, steel-framed brick building is an L-shaped structure with pier and panel exterior walls and large rectangular industrial sash windows. The central entrance on South Street is flanked by two tall banks of glass blocks with rounded, corners. A parapet wall with shallow inset panels runs across the front of the building; behind it, a large skylight lights the front stairhall. Built by an investment company as a jewelry factory. In the 1990's, the Providence Children's Museum acquired the 17,000 square foot former factory building The building was renovated for its new function as a learning center for children while its historic character was preserved. Museum designers and educators created 8,000 square feet of new interactive exhibits.