Patrick Quinn, as a young 18 year old man who immigrated to this country as a child, founded the Quinn family funeral business in the North End section of Providence in 1857. A master stair builder by trade, he was asked to make a casket. The casket he made had intricately carved corners and was so unique that people repeatedly requested him to build caskets, and thus he expanded into the funeral business. At this time there were no phones to contact the undertaker's office. To provide better access to the undertaker, he opened three satellite offices on Broadway, Atwells Avenue, and Branch Avenue in addition to his main office on Orms Street.