Rhode Island Tool

PAL was responsible for the preparation of the National Register documentation and the three-part Historic Preservation Certification Applications (HPCA). The complex, which consists of 15 attached buildings, is significant as Providence’s most intact complex of Antebellum base metals industry buildings, and for its association with Frederick W. Howe, an important figure in the history of the machine tool industry who contributed to the development of the “American System” of interchangeable parts.


PAL’s role in the estimated $6 million phased rehabilitation project was to prepare the necessary National Register documentation and the three-part HPCA for the federal and state tax credit programs. PAL assisted Amaral Revite Corp. in selecting and designing important features in accordance with the Standards and acted as liaison between the developer and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission review staff. Upon completion of each project phase PAL prepared a Part 3 application to certify that the rehabilitation work was carried out as described in the Part 2 applications, enabling the developer to obtain the tax credits for that phase.


The building has undergone much of the needed rehabilitation, is currently a mixed used development, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Amaral Revite Corporation received the State and Federal historic tax credits. Rhode Island Tool received a 2011 Rhody Award for Historic Preservation.

Client Name: 
Amaral Revite Corporation
Project Name: 
Rhode Island Tool Company
Project Date: 
2003 - Present
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