Rhode Island Mill

Eden, NC

The program for the Rhode Island Mill Project included the conversion of a 100,000 square foot former textile mill, built in 1901, into sixty three dwelling units for low income families. Located on a prominent rise overlooking the Smith River, the two and three story brick structure functioned as the centerpiece of the surrounding mill village for decades. Having fallen in to disrepair, the facility was repositioned to include the residential units, a Head Start daycare and a business center. The design attempted to stitch together the fragmented history of the existing structures to create a unified whole that would serve contemporary needs. The project was developed using historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits and conventional financing.

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Civil / Landscape:

Stewart Engineering


SGI & Associates

Mechanical / Electrical:

Alamance Consulting Engineers


Weaver-Cooke Construction


James West


Best Historic Preservation Development presented by Carolina Affordable Housing Equity Corporation