Rathbone Studios preserves piece of city’s commercial history

ADAPTIVE REUSE: Erik Bright, right, has recently opened, and is now leasing, an adaptive reuse building at 47 Rathbone St. in Providence, which is catering to design and artist collaborations. With Bright is neighbor Tim Ferland of The Steel Yard.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
ADAPTIVE REUSE: Erik Bright, right, has recently opened, and is now leasing, an adaptive reuse building at 47 Rathbone St. in Providence, which is catering to design and artist collaborations. With Bright is neighbor Tim Ferland of The Steel Yard.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Erik Bright purchased a Depression-era set of warehouses in 2016, the buildings had seen better times. Encrusted with graffiti and in disrepair, the warehouses on Rathbone Street in Providence had once held dry goods, candy, tobacco products and other goods for distribution, including for sale at an open-air market known as the Governor Dyer…

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