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Woonsocket Call - - Seniors - Cour­tesy of the Woonsocket His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

The Priv­i­lege Store build­ing, in this circa 1975 photo, was built in 1865 by Ed­ward Har­ris and was lo­cated mid­way be­tween his new Priv­i­lege Mill on Priv­i­lege St. and the down­town Woonsocket area at 373 North Main St. It had the largest busi­ness rooms in the city. Its re­mote­ness re­sulted in its be­ing rarely pa­tron­ized. The store even­tu­ally closed and the build­ing be­came one of Har­ris's ware­houses. While Pre­cious Blood church was be­ing built, the French Cana­di­ans at­tended mass on the third floor of this build­ing. To­day, Ware­house Liquors is lo­cated on the first floor.

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