Providence City Hall, Providence

Providence City Hall, Providence

Providence City Hall is the municipal government building. It remains the location of such government offices as the Voter Registration office, City Registrar and Department of Vital Statistics. It is also open for self-guided, public tours.

Construction of the building began in 1875 and was completed in 1878. It was designed by Samuel J.F. Thayer in the Second Empire architectural style. The building is made of cast iron, masonry and granite. The first of its five public floors was built five feet above street level in order to protect against flooding, though there is now a street-level entrance accessible to the general public.

The Gallery at City Hall is on the second floor of the building. It showcases work from local artists with monthly exhibits. Student art is regularly displayed in this gallery.

The building fell into disrepair and was slated for demolition until a plan was put into place to restore the building to its former glory. Historians Antoinette Downing, Frank Mauran III and Irving B. Haynes led the restoration work, which began in 1975 and was completed in the 1990s. Providence City Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

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Sight Name: Providence City Hall
Sight Location: Providence, USA (See walking tours in Providence)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Providence, Rhode Island

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

Create Your Own Walk in Providence

Creating your own self-guided walk in Providence is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Providence Historical Buildings Tour

Providence Historical Buildings Tour

Providence is a beautiful city that was founded on the banks of the Providence River in 1636 by Roger Williams. The city is nearly as old as the United States themselves. It has many interesting historical and architectural landmarks. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit some of the Providence's historical buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Providence Introduction Walking Tour

Providence Introduction Walking Tour

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Providence is well known for being the home of Brown University. One of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, Brown continues to remain a high-profile, Ivy...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Brown University Walking Tour

Brown University Walking Tour

Founded in 1764, the prestigious Ivy League Brown University of Providence, Rhode Island is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, chartered before the American Revolution.

Brown's historic campus offers a classic New England college experience among brick quadrangles, scenic greens, soaring modern architecture, renovated centuries-old structures,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles