Jewelry District Walking Tours — Saturdays

Trifari, Speidel, Monet, Coro: Providence was once considered the costume jewelry capital of the world and several of those former factory buildings have been repurposed to great effect in the Jewelry District. If you are lucky, you live in one. Learn about the history and architectural heritage of the industry with Greening the District who are sponsoring a series of walking tours on selected Saturdays, beginning April 20th. Remember the Twist-o-Flex? Go to their site where Peter Lorre will fill you in.

Seen here is the beautiful Coro Building which now houses Lifespan. It occupied its Point Street location from 1929 to 1979 when the company closed. From ArtInRuins:

The Coro Building is a 270,000-square-foot, multi-wing Art-Deco style commercial building built for the Cohn & Rosenburger (hence, CoRo) jewelry firm right before the great depression and the stock market crash of 1929. The firm survived and thrived, expanding with a four story wing in 1947.

And some of this stuff was gorgeous. Check out the inventory at Carmen & Ginger (vintage store formerly located in the Arcade, now in Warren). Owner Christine Francis is the costume jewelry expert in these parts.

Participation in the tours is free but Greening the District asks you to register.

Meet at the intersection of Richmond and Ship Streets, from 1pm to 3pm, rain or shine.

Dates: April 20, May 25, June 22, July 20, September 14, and October 12.

 

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