Davol Manufacturing

1 Davol Square, Providence, RI


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In the late 19th and early 20th Century, the company occupied a four-acre campus of connected brick buildings that grew from smaller structures at the intersection of Point and Eddy Streets. In contrast to its neighbors in the Jewelry District, the Davol Rubber Company was a pioneer of American rub¬ber medical supplies. The company started at the Simmons Building across the street in 1880 and remained in that location until 1977. Davol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 The Perkins Manufacturing Company was founded in Providence by Emery Perkins and Joseph Davol in 1874, after two years of experiments and inventions by Joseph Davol. It produced rubber medical and surgical devices, such as hot water bottles and catheters. In 1878, Davol took control of the company and renamed it the Davol Manufacturing Company; in 1884 it became the Davol Rubber Company. Source - Art in Ruins. www.artinruins.com/