Forgotten Vault Uncovered in Rhode Island

Could the vault, obscured from view for the last 40 years lead to a fascinating find?

Rhode Island State House image by Jiawangkun (via Shutterstock).

The Rhode Island State House: opened in 1904, it is the state capital’s power base. Image by Jiawangkun (via Shutterstock).

The Rhode Island State House has been a seat of State level government in Providence, its capital city. Opened in 1904, it is an imposing, Georgian style building close to the railway station. Whilst the Internship office was being remodelled, construction workers found what seemed to have been a forgotten vault.

From 1904 to 1935, it was a safe place for storing ballot papers. This was the preserve of the State Returning Board, who oversaw local elections at the time. By the 1970s, the vault was boarded over and, for the last forty or so years, forgotten about. This clip below shows us how they found the vault.

Their next challenge? To unlock the safe’s combination number. Should they fail, The General Assembly would have to send for safe crackers.

JR Security Devices, 25 May 2017.