Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and the third largest city in the New England region of the United States. The city is home to about thirty high rise buildings, seventeen of which rise above 175 feet. There are no buildings in the city that meet the height requirement (492 feet) to be declared a skyscraper. Providence is among the early centers of manufacturing in the US, and therefore a large number of the high rise buildings were constructed before 1930. The Turk's Head Building and the Industrial National Bank Building are among the earliest to be constructed.
Tallest Buildings in Providence
There are five buildings in Providence that rise above 300 feet:
Industrial National Bank Building
The Industrial National Bank Building is the tallest building in Providence at 428 feet. It is also the tallest in the state. The building was previously known as the Bank of America Building and nicknamed “the Super Man Building.” It has 26 floors and was completed in 1927.
One Financial Plaza
One Financial Plaza is the second tallest building with a height of 410 feet. Its construction began in 1970 and ended in 1973. The building has 28 floors. The One Financial Plaza is distinct for the orange lights at night, red for valentine, and red and green light during Christmas.
The Residences Providence
The Residences Providence is also known as the Residences at the Westin Building. The 380-foot building was completed in 2007 and consists of thirty floors.
Omni Providence Hotel
The Omni Providence Hotel is the fourth tallest building in the city with a height of 329 feet. It was completed in 1993 and consists of thirty floors. It is the largest and tallest hotel in the Providence with a capacity of 564 rooms.
Textron Tower, previously known as the Old Stone Tower, is the fifth tallest building. The building rises 311 feet. It houses the headquarters of Textron. It was built in 1972 and consists of 23 floors.
Oldest High Rise Building in Providence
The Turk's Head Building is the oldest of the seventeen buildings that rise above 175ft. The 16-story building was completed in 1913 and stands 215 feet. It is the 12th tallest building in Providence. The building was the second tallest in Providence until the Providence Biltmore was completed in 1922.
Future of High Rise Buildings
In 2007 a plan to construct the 520-foot tall One Ten Westminster building was scrapped off. The Building would have been the tallest in the city. In November 2016 The Fame Organization submitted a proposal to the city authorities to build the “Hope Point Towers”; a three-building park. The three buildings would be 33, 43, and 55 stories tall.
Tallest Buildings in Providence
|Rank||Building Name||Height (ft)||Height (m)||Floors||Year|
|1||Industrial National Bank Building||428||130||26||1927|
|2||One Financial Plaza||410||125||30||1973|
|3||The Residences Providence||380||115||31||2007|
|4||Omni Providence Hotel||329||100||25||1993|
|6||50 Kennedy Plaza||285||87||20||1985|
|7||Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters||237||72||14||2009|
|9||Rhode Island State House||223||68||4||1904|
|11||Providence County Courthouse||216||66||7||1930|
|12||Turk's Head Building||215||66||16||1913|
|14||One Citizens Plaza||180||55||13||1990|
|15||Brown University Sciences Library||180||55||15||1971|
About the Author
Victor Kiprop is a writer from Kenya. When he's not writing he spends time watching soccer and documentaries, visiting friends, or working in the farm.
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