Travelers have a variety of options for accommodations when visiting Providence. For those who enjoy the familiarity of brand name hotels yet also appreciate surroundings unique to their travel destinations, the Renaissance Providence Hotel shouldn’t be missed. This distinctive Marriott property will surprise you with it’s architectural history, dramatic beauty and meticulous renovation.
Constructed in 1926 as a Masonic Temple, the original purpose of the building was never realized. Situated in a prominent location on Smith Hill the structure sat uncompleted and abandoned for nearly 80 years due to financial constraints originally dictated by the 1928 stock market crash. Over time it’s impressive stone and steel façade with neoclassical columns (although vandalized by graffiti and theft during it’s vacancy) became a historic landmark within the city.
According to the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) the property was acquired by the state in 1945 and added to a list of Providence’s “Most Endangered Properties.” Decades of proposals to redevelop the Temple failed until the PPS formed a collaboration with local foundations and the Providence Chamber of Commerce to commit to a strategy of reuse. A media campaign ensued that reached over 4,000 potential developers, brokers, preservationists and architects that ultimately secured designs to renovate the building into a luxury hotel.
After four years of renovations from 2003-2007, the hotel opened to the public. The hotel lobby now graces guests with dignity and beauty. It is central to Providence’s train station, major shopping areas, and neighbors the State House and a newly restored auditorium that celebrates many of Providence’s art, music, dance and theatrical performances. The hotel restaurant, Temple incorporated some artistic graffiti into it’s décor and provides a versatile menu for those interested in an upscale lunch or dinner. A bar and secluded lounge also provide an intimate setting for a late night crowd.
The Providence Renaissance Hotel is located at:
5 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903