Most of the buildings in downtown Providence are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The view from the roof of 170 Westminster offers excellent views of many of the these buildings and the surrounding landscape. To the South East the award winning Rooftop at the Providence G showcases a large glass roof structure and outdoor seating areas framed by curated landscape. Views beyond include the Bay, India Point Park and the Providence River Bridge. To the West, The 1922 Biltmore Hotel with bold signage and the roofline of Providence City Hall built in 1878. To the North, the iconic Superman Building (Industrial Trust Tower 1925) looks down with its imposing stature.
A recent site visit to the historic Union Trust Bank building in downtown Providence revealed an original exterior sign from the early 1900s. Discovered during the demolition of the 12th floor, when the ceiling from the 1930s addition was removed. The photograph also highlights the drastic improvements of concrete as a building technology in the span of 30 years. Similar to the Rooftop at the G building next door, the building owner is investigating designs for a 12th story restaurant with rooftop.
Exploring old buildings can be a remarkably emotional experience -It's archeological and philosophical- you quite literally uncover layers, discover old flooring, old walls, old windows. You see where things were covered up and hidden, where they were patched -and how, where they were forgotten, where time and the elements warped the unattended surfaces and structures we create.
Congratulations in being selected winner in the Rhode Island Monthly Awards!
"The ingenious architect added a two-story addition in the alley where a dumpster once roosted, opened up the ground floor and created a mezzanine space...Bravo for the innovative reuse of an old structure and a contemporary design that won't age. Years from now, Garde de la Mer will still look sensational."
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