The Renaissance Providence Hotel
An unfinished 1920s Masonic Temple is transformed into a 21st-century hotel.
Providence’s Neo-Classical Masonic Temple was designed in the mid-1920s, but construction halted in 1928 due to financial distress. During the Great Depression, the temple fell into disrepair. The original plan, designed by architects Osgood and Osgood, called for a three building complex, a main temple wing, a pie-shaped connector, and a large auditorium, which is now a Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
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In 2006, the incomplete 1920s temple was transformed into a 237,000-square-foot four-star hotel. The new facility houses 272 guestrooms, a restaurant, fitness center, and ballroom. While the temple’s historic limestone facade was restored to its original state, its existing, unfinished infrastructure could not support a modern hotel. The entire remainder of the structure, including all floor slabs and rear facade were demolished to make way for a new 9-story building.
The preservation of the facade restored the eastern Doric colonnade, as well as the northern and southern facades to their original appearances. All new windows were installed to fulfill the original intent of the building.
In order to accommodate the building’s new infrastructure, several modifications in appearance were made. Two new floors of guestrooms were added above the historic structure, set back to maintain the integrity of the original structure.
In addition to the main temple building, a new 8-story, pie-shaped addition housing guestrooms and meeting facilities was constructed to merge the temple wing with the neighboring Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Formal name of project: The Renaissance Providence Hotel
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Sage Hospitality Resources
1512 Larimer Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202
Contact: Michael C. Coolidge
Completion Date: June, 2007
Gross square footage: 237,000 sq.ft.
Total construction cost: $100 Million
Empire State Building, 25th Floor
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118
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