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Old 12-15-2017, 10:10 AM   #361
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Re: Providence developments

Could you link to a photo and history of the building you refer to as the Superman Building?
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:17 AM   #362
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Could you link to a photo and history of the building you refer to as the Superman Building?
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111_Westminster_Street

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https://www.google.com/search?q=prov...=1920&bih=1014
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Old 12-15-2017, 10:17 AM   #363
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Disappointing. It's been vacant ever since BofA left and the state has been hesitant to help redevelop/reposition it because of the fiasco known as 38 studios. Gilbane has made a fucking boat load of money in Providence over the last 15 years, very disappointing to see them and Paolino looking to demo this.

One Financial (building next to it) was on the market earlier this year and never sold. I toured it and they have some horrendous leases in there from a landlord point of view, free rent on some tenants for 5+ years. Only cool thing about it is the basement used to be a gold vault, the elevator to get down there is so slow because it used to be able to support the weight of a Brinks truck with a load of gold bars.

Providence is tough market. I love the area (PC graduate) but they just can't get their shit together.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:14 PM   #364
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Wow that building is beautiful.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:52 PM   #365
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I will say that the $115M cost to rehabilitate it seems pretty crazy, not that I am in favor of replacing it.
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:08 PM   #366
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Phew Doesn't look like they are going to. Crazy they even thought that was going to get by.
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:30 PM   #367
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Phew Doesn't look like they are going to. Crazy they even thought that was going to get by.
Can you link the specific source that says it's not going to happen?
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:26 PM   #368
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I'm with everyone else here. The Holy Trinity of Art Deco towers in New England (so far as I'm aware) are 75-101 Fed & 160 Fed in Downtown Boston and this.

Superman Bldg. is a Top 5 iconic fixture in Providence's civic/cultural fabric, with

RISD,
Biltmore Hotel (in particular the stool where Buddy Cianci held forth from inside McCormick & Schmick's),
Federal Hill/Atwells Avenue (especially 169 Atwells Ave., where Raymond "L.S." Patriarca administered his reign of terror),
and the high-water mark of the Great 1938 Hurricane.
Civic Center--especially David Gavitt Memorial Drive & the rafters with the jerseys of Marvin "Bad News" Barnes, Ernie DiGregorio, Raymond L. Flynn.
(Throw in H.P. Lovecraft's grave & Waterfire & Giant Blue Bug for Top 10).

In particular, the drive I've done dozens of times northbound on I-95, where you come over the crest at Exit 18 and the Giant Blue Bug--Nibbles!--is on the left and the Superman tower emerges: This. Is. Providence.



Finally, since we're talking all things Providence iconography, this gives me the excuse to link to this. Great movie; "the new Rocky."

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Old 12-16-2017, 01:15 PM   #369
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If Providence truly wants to be considered a major league city it has to have a modicum of pride. It shouldn't be a smaller Newark.
I'd modify that to:
"If Providence wants to be considered anything other than a totally failed wasteland, it has to have a modicum of pride."

Not demolishing your most iconic building doesn't make you a major-league city. Demolishing your most iconic building makes you Luanda.

Newark -- heck, even Camden or Trenton -- wouldn't demolish their equivalent of the Superman Building. Even **Detroit** doesn't do that these days.

Providence would vault into the US city with the least pride and grimmest prospects instantly if it did this.
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Old 12-25-2017, 07:47 PM   #370
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The Superman Building is what I think of when I think of Providence.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:02 PM   #371
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Exactly. It's an icon, and to demolish it would be a travesty.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:29 PM   #372
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I found a couple of pics on flickr showing that the new 15 story building is well underway. The first one also makes me continue to wonder how they could possibly consider demolishing the city's most iconic building.

This view by Daniel Torres, on Flickr


The City by Daniel Torres, on Flickr
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:07 PM   #373
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In that second photo, you can see the hotel that is starting to go up across the street. It is barely visible through the base of the tower crane.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:21 PM   #374
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Brown University is shifting the site of their proposed concert hall and won't be demolishing 5 historic houses (or anything historic at all!).

https://architecturehereandthere.com...aves-5-houses/
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:16 PM   #375
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I noticed this project a few months ago, it had been withdrawn for a bit, now it's back, it looks like it's been scaled back a bit?

Still, it looks like a nice project!

http://www.gcpvd.org/2018/03/12/edge...march-27-2018/

Here is the original proposal.

http://www.gcpvd.org/2018/01/07/15-s...l-street-site/
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