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Wrecking crews have been busy this week demolishing a historic mansion in the village of Wakefield that operated as an inn for 80 years until its closure.

An excavator sunk its teeth into the Larchwood Inn for the second day on Tuesday, bringing down the dilapidated 1831 structure piece by piece.

The mansion was a prominent mill owner's residence that was converted into an inn in 1926 and remained so until it shuttered in 2006.

Diann Browning, Larchwood's last owner, was forced to close the inn after renovations needed to meet Rhode Island's fire code were deemed too expensive.

The property's current owner, Roland Fiore, is working with a New York company to develop a 72-bed Alzheimer's care center and nursing home on the land.


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