Kendall Manufacturing Company
90 Friendship Street, Providence, RI
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Kendall Manufacturing Company 90 Friendship Street, Providence, RI A parking lot for the adjacent court house today, this site long housed the headquarters of soap manufacturer Kendall Manufacturing Company. It had been founded on this site in 1827 (long before jewelry manufacturers moved into the district), and as the company grew over time, it added buildings on adjacent sites. The complex was demolished in 1929. The prominent American feminist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), who lived in Providence during much of her youth and enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design in 1878, made her income with the design of trading cards and the writing of advertising for the Kendall Manufacturing Company, and their flagship product: Soapine. Her most famous work, the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” appeared in 1892 in New England Magazine. Source - National Register of Historic Places