AIR Rip :: Providence National Bank
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Providence National Bank


See projected skyline images, descriptions of services, information about the developers and more about the proposed luxury residences, at
The AIR progress page on the construction of the OneTen.


A propsed 32-story condo tower sacrifices a historic structure.

April 2008: Almost three years have passed since promises of the tallest residential tower in RI helped take down this historic 1929 building. The hole still remains, with no ground broken on the promised tower. Plans have changed and the tower – if it ever gets built – has shrunk and become a mix of office, hotel, and residential space. The housing market softens (especially for $500,000 to $2.5 million luxury homes) and the city does not get the development it wants. Worse still, downtown workers get to stare at a hole and wonder if there will ever be anything new there. The nearby historic Arcade building suffers while its developers and caretakers sink their money into this new venture instead of taking care of the paying tenants they have already.

Real-estate market speculation sacrifices the history of our City yet again. What can be done about it? The City of Providence might be well served if they were more careful with their demolition permits, only issuing them when funds are solidly in place to start construction on a new project within 3 months of demolition. If the project does not begin, the City should be able to fine the developer until the project is underway. Otherwise, the City and the people of the City suffer a loss while staring at an empty lot. Other examples of this promise-to-construct-but-build-a-parking-lot-instead are the Police Station at La Salle Square and the Gulf Station nearby.


While planners and developers cry “progress”, the loss of 90 Westminster is cause for concern to historians. The building has been officially determined a contributing structure to the architectural and historical significance of the downtown historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building at 90 Westminster arguably would be eligible for National Register listing on its own merits. It is significant because of its quality as an example of a Georgian Revival commercial building of the early 20th century, and the fact that it was built to be the headquarters of Rhode Island’s oldest bank.

Two blocks on the second story have two dates carved... 1791 and 1929. The 1929 one denotes the date the building was constructed. The 1791 date most likely denotes the incorporation of the Providence National Bank Company.

Mike D Oct 8 2012 Does anyone one know what the figures or symbols on the rear upper floors were? I thought they might have been masonic or something. I got there to late to photograph them the rear was all knocked down by the beginning of summer 2012.

Jose Pineda Feb 3 2009 I have came to own a check date from January 3rd 1882 pay to A. T. Stewart& Co. from FIRST NATIONAL BANK, FOR $60.91 Newport R. I. No. 876, has a US stamp with the date on, if any body is interested please contact me, Jose Pineda

E. Micallef This sickens me. Developers own this country because they have bought our representatives souls. Judges are appointed by our representatives and our representatives make the laws that are enforced. I notice that mostly everything being built in the older cities and suburbs is for the well-to-do. History is being wiped out since it gets in the way of valuable real estate. Our European allies would not condesend to such tactics. Examples of the castles that are over 800 years old and the palaces that are over 500 and 600 years old.

rudysdad Disgraceful!

Court Fisk I’m not opposed to new buildings, so long as what replaces it can prove that strives for good aesthetics, and well built and its purpose offers has some benefit for the community (i.e housing, offices). But what they want to put there is a open parking lot, in an already very dense area, around the corner from where the city bus station and several underground parking garages are. And this is just for that square mile area! I’d say we were over adaquetly supplied in that area? Time to divert more attention into renovating old station houses, building new ones, making new bus routes, encouraging more walking, otherwise small seemingly insignifigant buildings such as this will be used to henpeck the city little by little into a giant car yard for Boston, where pedestrians are stopped every 15 feet to wait for a lot patrons to exit. (Which is what I must say, the area around Waterplace Park looks and operates exactly like). People have put up with this too often in other cities, time to make it stop – Put up a Fight!

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