This large complex is mixed light industrial and storage along with nearby 354 Pine Street, which is proposed to be mixed live/work studio space. 297 Barton Street is now light industrial, and 195 Weeden Street, the old powerhouse (center of photo 06), is also light indistrial.
The former Manville Jenckes Company mills (NE Paper Tube) is a tightly packed group of 4-story brick mills and two 2-story weave sheds. Construction was begun on the site in the 1880s, and the last mill was built in 1919.
Conrad Manufacturing used to occupy the simple two story sawtooth weave shed. The sawtooth design allowed the most natural light onto the floor. The brick work has been repaired and most of the mortar looks new. On the second floor beneath the sawtooth roof are a set of new windows, very nice arched stationary sets with two 4 over 4 sliding windows. The round windows along each point of the sawtooth have also been repaired or replaced. We believe these units are being rented out as work only spaces from RICIR.com.
(Source: Pawtucket Mill Building survey, prepared by the Preservation Society of Pawtucket, 1990)
R Harris Mar 9 2015 I’m a genealogist. I recently did some research for a member of the Douglas family. Here is a little history:
John Henry Douglas founded New England Paper Tube Company. He was born in Scotland in 1862. According to the 1900 Federal Census, John Henry married his wife Honora in 1889. They lived in Fall River Ma. They had 2 sons John Henry, Jr. and Kenneth White Douglas. His daughter was Muriel. 1910 Census shows the family lived in Pawtucket, RI and John Henry owned New England Paper Tube Company.
chad henry douglas May 23 2010 my grandfather is jay dwight douglas sr founder of new england paper tube he is a very kind an very giving man
SUSAN GIANCAMILLI BOULTON June 12 2008 My father, Ernest Giancamilli, worked at New England Paper Tube for most of his life. He spoke highly of Mr Douglas Sr. Unfortunately, he passed away in May of 2005.
Myrna Medeiros I can’t believe how much it has changed. I used to date the son of the owner of the mill DMD Realty (Douglas Masterson Douglas)/NE Paper Tube. I also worked in the second building (Conant St) which housed North by Northeast which used to make outdoor clothing for LL Bean, Eastern Mtn. Sports, Columbia. We also went under the name of Pawtucket Foam Products which sold camping pads to the above clients. The son was the only one who cared what became of the bldgs and was always there working on broken windows, broken floorboards, etc. It’s too bad because they were grand old buildings.
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