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Established in 1842 by N.A. Fenner, the New England Butt Company manufactured cast-iron butt hinges. By 1880, however, the introduction of cheaper, stamped-metal butts rendered cast-iron butts obsolete, and the company turned to the manufacture of braiding machinery.
The oldest building in this complex is the much altered 2-story, monitor roofed, frame building in the center of the block on Perkins Street, built between 1849 and 1857. The main building, constructed in 1865 from plans by Spencer
304 Pearl Street, Providence, RI 02907