Constructed in the 1880s, St. Teresa of Avila Church was built during a time when new ethnic groups were adding to the Roman Catholic population in Providence. This demographic shift was manifested in the move away from traditional Gothic architecture that used rugged stone construction in Roman Catholic churches.
The red brick St. Teresa of Avila Church features classical details and a large rose window above the Manton Street entrance. Built to serve a growing population in one of the most highly industrialized parts of the city, the church closed doors in 2009 due to a declining congregation. Around 2013, local community developers and elected leaders expressed interest in converting the site into an expanded branch for of the Providence community libraries. For various reasons, primarily financial, the Providence Community Library System decided to remain at their current Olneyville location. As of February, 2019, the church is still owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency which seeks to find a new user for it.