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Location DB > United States > Rhode Island > Cranston > Sockanosset Boys Training School
Sockanosset Boys Training School
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created by ian_evil on 10/23/2005 5:33 AM
last modified by Jvelmar on 2/19/2012 11:23 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Medium sized shopping center.
 Basic Information
Type: Buildings
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
201 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, Rhode Island
United States
Owner: Carpionato Properties
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  •  Hazards
  • Alarmed when stores are closed.
  •  Interesting Features
    Almost everything is gone. There's nothing here to see anymore unless you need to go shopping -- what didn't get torn down has been repurposed into shops.
     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • cameras
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1881
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • Cash or credit
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Cold Stone Creamery
    "The establishment of the Howard Reservation, which includes the Boys Training School, was Rhode Island’s first attempt to provide statewide social services through publicly supported and administered institutions.

    In 1866, a state Board of Charities and Corrections was established for the purpose of consolidating into one “state farm” a house of correction, a state asylum for the incurably insane, and a state almshouse. The two-fold goal was to raise standards for the indigent while at the same time lifting this burden from the local towns and cities.

    There was a machine shop, a carpenter shop, a printing shop, a mason shop and a blacksmith shop where the boys learned useful trades. The boys also helped construct their own environment, so the elements that compose the structures themselves reflect the philosophy that created and guided the school throughout its history. The bricks, stone and mortar, as well as the woodwork, bear silent testimony to the benefits of honest labor (or hold the ghosts of the past).
    -Art In Ruins, http://www.artinru...velop/sockanosset/

    From what I understand, this used to be a very popular exploration spot for Rhode Island locals while I was still a baby. I vaguely remember the original site from as young as 8 or so, and around age 11, I remember asking my dad to take me to the abandoned site to poke around, which he didn't do.
     Media Coverage
    "By Mary-Ann Currier
    Cranston Chamber of Commerce Newsletter | December 2003

    By the summer of 2005, a city within a city will be fully developed along Sockanosset Cross Road and New London Avenue. The village will be the long-awaited Chapel View, the retail, office and residential complex envisioned by Cranston resident Alfred Carpionato and now under construction by Carpionato Properties on the site of the old Boys Training School.

    At a total cost of $65 million, the project will be one of the largest ever in Cranston. It is expected to generate more than $1 million per year in tax revenue for the city. And it is the result of the vision of one man – Carpionato, a developer who has lived in Cranson for many years and has seen this site and its dramatic stone buildings and has had a vision of what this could be, according to Kelly Coates, senior vice president of Carpionato properties.

    -Art In Ruins, http://www.artinru...velop/sockanosset/

    OLD R.I. REFORM SCHOOL TO BE LIFESTYLE CENTER- http://www.carpion...le.asp?ArticleID=5
     Future Plans
    The infamous boys training school is being turned into the Chapel View shopping center.

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    Recon: 2005.10.22
    Sat, Oct 22nd, 2005
    posted by ian_evil
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 2/19/2012 4:29 PM.

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  • on Feb 19 12 at 16:29, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Feb 19 12 at 11:23, Jvelmar changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Prefer Satellite, Hazards, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment
  • on Feb 19 12 at 11:22, Jvelmar changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jan 27 11 at 3:38, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 27 11 at 3:19, amy atomic changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment
  • on Oct 23 05 at 6:08, ian_evil made this location available
  • on Oct 23 05 at 6:08, ian_evil changed the following: History
  • on Oct 23 05 at 6:07, ian_evil changed the following: Status
  • on Oct 23 05 at 6:03, ian_evil updated gallery Recon: 2005.10.22
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