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The skyline of Providence, as seen from the city's College Hill neighborhood

Providence, the capital of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and the third-largest city in New England, is home to 34 high-rises, twenty of which stand at least 175 feet (53 m) in height. The tallest skyscraper in the city is the Industrial National Bank Building at 111 Westminster Street, which rises 26 floors and 428 feet (130 m) in Downtown Providence. The Industrial National Bank Building, nicknamed the "Superman Building" due to its resemblance to the fictional Daily Planet building from the 1950s TV series, Adventures of Superman, is also the tallest building in Rhode Island and the sixth-tallest building in New England outside of Boston. The second-tallest building in Providence is One Financial Plaza, which rises 30 floors and 410 feet (125 m) and was completed in 1973.

As one of the early manufacturing centers in the United States, many of Providence's tallest buildings were constructed prior to 1930, including the Industrial National Bank Building and the Turk's Head Building, one of the city's earliest high-rises. The city went through a second building boom in the 1970s, during which time One Financial Plaza and Textron Tower, the city's fifth-tallest building, were completed. In the 1990s and 2000s, due to what has been dubbed the Providence "Renaissance", the city was the site of several notable high-rise construction projects; as of August 2012, there are still nine active high-rise proposals or construction projects taking place in the city. For the most part, the new projects have consisted of condominium and hotel developments, including The Residences at the Westin and the Waterplace Towers.

Tallest buildings

This lists ranks Providence high-rises that stand at least 175 feet (53 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
01.01 Industrial National Bank Building Industrial Trust Building Providence RI.jpg 428 (130) 26 1928 41°49′28.27″N 71°24′39.89″W / 41.8245194°N 71.4110806°W / 41.8245194; -71.4110806 (:Industrial National Bank Building)
  • Has been the tallest building in the city and the state for over 90 years
  • Built as the Industrial Trust Tower
  • Now is vacant
  • Previously known as Bank of America Building, also Fleet Bank Tower
02.02 One Financial Plaza One Financial Plaza, Providence Rhode Island.jpg 410 (125) 30 1973 41°49′31.11″N 71°24′36.14″W / 41.8253083°N 71.4100389°W / 41.8253083; -71.4100389 (One Financial Plaza)
  • Built as the Hospital Trust Tower
  • Also known as Sovereign Bank Tower
03.03 The Residences at the Westin The Residences at the Westin, Providence RI.jpg 380 (116) 31 2007 41°49′30.32″N 71°24′54.77″W / 41.8250889°N 71.4152139°W / 41.8250889; -71.4152139 (The Residences at the Westin)
04.04 Omni Providence Hotel Omni Providence Hotel, Rhode Island.jpg 329 (100) 25 1993 41°49′31.15″N 71°24′58.5″W / 41.8253194°N 71.416250°W / 41.8253194; -71.416250 (The Westin Providence)
  • Formerly the Westin Providence
  • Became the tallest hotel in Providence upon its completion, surpassing the Providence Biltmore
05.05 Textron Tower Textron building in Providence, Rhode Island.jpg 311 (95) 23 1971-72 41°49′29.63″N 71°24′33.05″W / 41.8248972°N 71.4091806°W / 41.8248972; -71.4091806 (Textron Tower)
  • Built as Old Stone Tower
06.06 50 Kennedy Plaza 50 Kennedy Plaza (formerly known as Fleet Center).jpg 285 (87) 20 1985 41°49′29.8″N 71°24′38.09″W / 41.824944°N 71.4105806°W / 41.824944; -71.4105806 (50 Kennedy Plaza)
07.07 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters.jpg 236 (72) 14 2009 41°49′40.2672″N 71°24′48.261″W / 41.827852000°N 71.41340583°W / 41.827852000; -71.41340583 (Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters)
08.08 Waterplace 1 Waterplace1.jpg 236 (72) 19 2008 41°49′38.44″N 71°24′45.098″W / 41.8273444°N 71.41252722°W / 41.8273444; -71.41252722 (Waterplace 1)
  • Tallest residential building in the city
09.09 Rhode Island State House
223 (68) 4 1904 41°49′51.1032″N 71°24′54.053″W / 41.830862000°N 71.41501472°W / 41.830862000; -71.41501472 (Rhode Island State House)
10= Biltmore Hotel Biltmore Hotel Providence RI 2017.jpg 220 (67) 18 1922 41°49′27.73″N 71°24′48.4″W / 41.8243694°N 71.413444°W / 41.8243694; -71.413444 (Biltmore Hotel)
  • Tallest hotel in the city from 1922 until the completion of the Westin Providence in 1993
10= The Tower at Carnegie Abbey 220 (67) 17 2009 41°36′58.3″N 71°16′10.8″W / 41.616194°N 71.269667°W / 41.616194; -71.269667
  • Tallest building outside Providence
  • Tallest building in Newport County
12 Providence County Courthouse Providence county courthouse, Rhode Island.jpg 217 (66) 7 1930 41°49′31.76″N 71°24′24.84″W / 41.8254889°N 71.4069000°W / 41.8254889; -71.4069000 (Providence County Courthouse)
13 Turk's Head Building
217 (66) 16 1913 41°49′28.42″N 71°24′35.5″W / 41.8245611°N 71.409861°W / 41.8245611; -71.409861 (Turk's Head Building)
14 Waterplace 2 Waterplace 2, Providence Rhode Island.jpg 210 (64) 17 2008 41°49′38.22″N 71°24′48.05″W / 41.8272833°N 71.4133472°W / 41.8272833; -71.4133472 (Waterplace 2)
15 Pawtucket City Hall Pawtucket City Hall RI.jpg 209 (64) 3 1933 41°52′44.2″N 71°22′55.8″W / 41.878944°N 71.382167°W / 41.878944; -71.382167
  • Tallest building in Pawtucket
16= Carrol Tower 199 (61) 16 1973 41°49′38.22″N 71°24′48.05″W / 41.8272833°N 71.4133472°W / 41.8272833; -71.4133472 (Waterplace 2)
16= Parenti Villa 199 (61) 16 1973 41°49′11.6″N 71°26′10.0″W / 41.819889°N 71.436111°W / 41.819889; -71.436111 (Waterplace 2)

Twin tower of Carrol Tower.

18 Charlesgate North
187 (57) 15 1970 41°50′19.6902″N 71°24′35.2368″W / 41.838802833°N 71.409788000°W / 41.838802833; -71.409788000 (Waterplace 2)
19= One Citizens Plaza 180 (55) 13 1990 41°49′38.4558″N 71°24′38.2926″W / 41.827348833°N 71.410636833°W / 41.827348833; -71.410636833 (One Citizens Plaza)
19= Brown University Sciences Library 180 (55) 15 1971 41°49′36.85″N 71°24′0.49″W / 41.8269028°N 71.4001361°W / 41.8269028; -71.4001361 (Brown University Sciences Library)
  • With its former antenna mast included, the building reached a total height of 395 feet (120 m), more than doubling its effective height and making it the third-tallest building in the city when measuring by pinnacle height.
21 Hospital Trust Building 177 (54) 13 1920 41°49′32.38″N 71°24′34.83″W / 41.8256611°N 71.4096750°W / 41.8256611; -71.4096750 (Hospital Trust Building)
  • Also known as the Fleet Building
  • Currently owned by the Rhode Island School of Design and used as a residence hall
22 Sister Dominica Manor Sister Dominica Manor, Providence RI.jpg 175 (53) 16 1966 41°49′21.84″N 71°25′16.69″W / 41.8227333°N 71.4213028°W / 41.8227333; -71.4213028 (Sister Dominica Manor)
  • Built as the Bradford House

Tallest under construction or approved

Name IMG Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Hope Point Tower 550 (168) 46 In approval Originally Proposed as

3 towers, highest at 604 feet

131 Canal St. 187 (57) 15 Proposed
169 Canal St. 175 (53) 15 Under construction

Timeline of tallest buildings

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Providence.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Coordinates Reference
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church in America from Angell St 2.jpg
75 North Main Street 1775-1904 185 (56) 41°49′39″N 71°24′30″W / 41.827476°N 71.408292°W / 41.827476; -71.408292
Rhode Island State House
82 Smith Street 1904–1927 223 (68) 4 41°49′51.08″N 71°24′53.87″W / 41.8308556°N 71.4149639°W / 41.8308556; -71.4149639 (Rhode Island State House)
Industrial National Bank Building Industrial Trust Building Providence RI.jpg 55 Exchange Place 1927–present 428 (130) 26 41°49′28.27″N 71°24′39.89″W / 41.8245194°N 71.4110806°W / 41.8245194; -71.4110806 (Industrial National Bank Building)
A. The Biltmore Hotel is ranked including the height of the prominent "BILTMORE" sign on the top of the building. Such signs are often included in architectural heights, which is what this particular list ranks. However, some references do not include the sign in the total height of the building. Without the sign, the Biltmore stands at 205 feet (62 m), making it the 13th-tallest in Providence rather than the 10th-tallest.
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