2019 RHODY AWARD WINNERS
Lyman Mill interior before
Lyman Mill interior after
Historic Preservation Project Award
Robert Terino, Anthony Santoro, and John Santoro
This trio has converted the historic Lymansville Company Mill (1884-1956) in North Providence into
Lofts at Lyman Mill, with 109 market-rate apartments and creative amenities.
In 1884-87, A. Albert Sack built a textile manufacturing plant on the Woonasquatucket River in North Providence. He achieved great success with a DIY business model: the Lymansville Company sold worsted fabrics directly to garment manufacturers, eliminating the middleman. The Santoro family and Robert Terino, who had roots in the neighborhood, purchased the historic mill in 1986. After a plan to sell to developers fell through, the partners decided to do it themselves. In 2012, they assembled state and federal preservation tax credits, a tax treaty from the Town, and personal funds to finance a project to create 109 market-rate apartments in the historic mill. A pair of original windows, discovered inside a wall, became the model for replacements. Salvaged wood flooring was reinstalled in the hallways. Unique amenities include a pet-washing station, dog parks, and an electric car charging station. Today, the Lofts at Lyman Mill are 100% occupied, a preservation success story for do-it-yourselfers everywhere.