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[update], 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.
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.
|1||Industrial National Bank Building||428 (130)||26||1928|
|2||One Financial Plaza||410 (125)||30||1973|
|3||The Residences at the Westin||380 (115)||31||2007|||
|4||Omni Providence Hotel||329 (100)||25||1993|
|5||Textron Tower||311 (95)||23||1971-72|
|6||50 Kennedy Plaza||285 (87)||20||1985|||
|7||Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters||236 (72)||14||2009|||
|8||Waterplace 1||236 (72)||19||2008||
|9||Rhode Island State House||223 (68)||4||1904|||
|10||Biltmore Hotel||220 (67)||18||1922|
|11||Providence County Courthouse||217 (66)||7||1930|||
|12||Turk's Head Building||217 (66)||16||1913|||
|13||Waterplace 2||210 (64)||17||2008|||
|14=||The Carrol Towers||199 (60)||16||1973|||
|14=||Parenti Villa||199 (60)||16||1973||
Twin tower of Carrol Tower.
|17=||One Citizens Plaza||180 (55)||13||1990|||
|17=||Brown University Sciences Library||180 (55)||15||1971||
|19||Hospital Trust Building||177 (54)||13||1920||
|20||Sister Dominica Manor||175 (53)||16||1966||
|Hope Point Tower||530||46||In approval||Originally Proposed as
3 towers, highest at 604 feet
|131 Canal St.||187 (56)||15||Proposed|||
|169 Canal St.||175 (53)||15||Under construction|||
This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Providence.
|Name||Image||Street address||Years as tallest||Height
|Baptist Meeting House||75 North Main Street||1775-1904|||
|Rhode Island State House||82 Smith Street||1904–1927||223 (68)||4|||
|Industrial National Bank Building||55 Exchange Place||1927–present||428 (130)||26|||