Huge HISTORIC Milk Can in Rhode Island

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Services for Real Estate Pros with (FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) RI BO5192

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A  way of attracting motorists, while they are travelling the highways, to a diner, coffee shop, or roadside attraction was to build the building in an unusual shape, especially the shape of the things sold there. "Mimic" Mimetic architecture became a trend, in the 1930's but in RHODE ISLAND we had ours built in 1807. Many roadside coffee shops were built in the shape of giant coffee pots; hot dog stands were built in the shape of giant hot dogs; and fruit stands were built in the shape of oranges or other fruit or a large milkcan as was the structure built in 1807 at the junction of 146 and 295. This Milk Can was originally located down the road on Louisquisett Pike (Rt 146) in Lincoln, RI, located not far from my home in Lincoln, RI in a neighboring community located at 920 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield,
RI.

This vacant Milk Can Structure Building that was originally an ice cream stand, built in the shape of a dairyman's cream can 32 1/2 feet high and 16 feet in diameter represented the earliest
period of snack food merchandising located on a major highway, Route 146.

It was moved for highway construction Rt 99 in the late eighties early nineties. It was only moved one mile down the same road from its previous location to a new location.

This container building was a unique expression of architecture, built by the Original owner, Charles Plante that would demand the motorist's notice. In 1950 a canopy and Kitchen was a major addition, as well as a patio area in 1960.

This vacant milk can  is listed in the National Register status 1979milkcan2

How I have always wished it would reopen as a summer time ice cream stand I could go get my ice cream and then go to  the Rustic Drive-In on the other side of 146 to watch a double feature.

I remember going for ice cream there with my parents and then to the Rustic - it would have been mid to late 50's. I  was glad to see it moved and then saddened when it didn't reopen. I was actually surprised to see it still standing there.


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Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Kathleen ~ I love roadside architecture. Is it really for sale? It's a great building - love it!

Liz

May 12, 2009 04:25 PM #5
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

SUSAN: I agree, I wish someone would purchase it, it is on a desireable busy highway.

May 12, 2009 07:44 PM #6
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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ERICA: I wish it would get purchased and be reopened as an ice cream shop.

May 12, 2009 07:55 PM #7
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

JIM: Thanks for commenting on this RI milkcan structure. I went over to your blog and your teapot in West Virginia is in great shape. Looks like it has been given a new coat of paint. Is it still being used?

May 13, 2009 06:55 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
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KIM: Glad I provided a chuckle for you today.  This is a mighty huge milkcan.

May 13, 2009 06:59 PM #9
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Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
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boy, if the milk's been in there over a century, it's probably soured by now... maybe buttermilk!  ha ha

May 13, 2009 07:01 PM #10
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
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LIZ: The sign is lying down, I could check for you if you are interested. Let me know.

May 13, 2009 07:01 PM #11
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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REGINA: That is funny LOL I would pass on sampling it today.

May 13, 2009 07:03 PM #12
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Jim Dvorovy
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Canton Ohio Real Estate

Kathleen - I have no way of knowing when it was last used, but it has been in use from time to time over the years. I first saw mention of it when I was reading a library book about the original Lincoln Highway. Lincoln Highway is the historic Route 30 that traverses the US, and many generations of drivers have traveled it from one end to the other. The book covers every state that Route 30 traverses, and points out interesting sites the travelers look for along the way. I was really surprised how nice the teapot is, and am glad I took the extra time to find it and see it in person when I was in the area. 

May 14, 2009 05:25 AM #13
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
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JIM: Thanks for providing me with some interesting facts that led you to viewing this huge teapot in Chester, West Virginia.

May 14, 2009 01:37 PM #14
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Dan Sharp

Hi Kathleen,

Having grown up in North Providence I was told by some old timers that the Milk Can was originally at the corner of Smithfield Road and Mineral Spring Avenue.  My late uncle who was born in 1915 claimed he worked at the ice cream milk can at that location as a boy.  Acccording to some it was moved twice!  Any truth to this story?

Thanks, Dan

 

 

May 24, 2009 11:28 AM #15
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

DAN: General Ice Cream Corporation Building is a historic building at 485 Plainfield Street in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. It was built from 1915 to 1918 and is a factory specifically designed for ice cream production.  Perhaps your uncle worked their and they might have called it a milk can.

The one in Lincoln was built in 1806 at the  junction of 146 and 295.This Milk Can was originally located down the road on Louisquisett Pike (Rt 146) in Lincoln, RI. The research never mentioned North Providence, RI.

May 30, 2009 09:04 PM #16
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Ron Dylewski

Hi -

 

Is there a listed price for the property?  I'm a lover of "all things roadside related"

and would be interested to know the particulars.

 

Thanks.

 

Ron 

http://www.theamericanroadside.com

Nov 30, 2009 05:03 AM #17
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
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RON: Sorry to tell you that it is not on the market at this time. I actually talked with the seller's daughter this afternoon and she told me that her family has plans to get it in shape and operative once again.

Nov 30, 2009 07:11 AM #18
Anonymous
Ron Dylewski

Kathleen -

 

Thanks for letting me know.  I'm glad to hear that it may indeed survive...and hopefully, thrive once again!

 

Ron

Dec 01, 2009 07:11 AM #19
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

RON: I was also so glad to hear that it will survive. I loved that milk can It holds so many fond memories with my parents, both deceased, in our '59 Oldsmobile wagon.

Dec 01, 2009 09:10 AM #20
Anonymous
Len

I have read that there was a twin to this building in North Providence.  It was this particular building.

Oct 20, 2010 04:00 AM #21
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Anonymous

The Milk Can in North Providence your inquiring about was not indeed this particular, as there were two at some point, but the North Providence on was subsequently bulldozed over.  The one on Rt146 once only moved once.

Dec 30, 2010 01:46 AM #22
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Also, I do not think it is on the National Register as I did not find it in their database.

Dec 30, 2010 02:35 AM #23
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Who owns this building now? Is it for sale?

Aug 22, 2017 04:53 AM #24
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