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State Armory, Cranston St, from HABS/HAER

The Renaissance Providence Hotel/Masonic Temple, Rehabilitation Special Award in Preservation, 5 Avenue of the Arts, Downtown

After seventy-nine years of abandonment, false starts, vandalism, and disrepair, Providence’s Masonic Temple has been reborn as the Renaissance Providence Hotel. Throughout all of that time, the temple stayed standing, an historical treasure and significant landmark to this amazing city. Thanks to its redevelopment by Sage Hospitality, the building will remain a monument to its own history. Headboards on beds mirror the ionic columns that define the façade; room keys feature examples of the graffiti that used to cover the building; the elegant restaurant is called “Temple”. Countless people helped on the project: from Sage Hospitality, Walter Isenberg, Ken Geist, and Angelo DePeri; Greg Cranford from Brennan Beer Gorman Architects; and many other firms from around the country contributed, including Gates Leighton & Associates; Phelps Program Management; ForrestPerkins LLC; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc; PHA Lighting Design; Haley and Alderich Inc; Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission; Providence Revolving Fund; Thomas A. Gilbertson and Associates, Inc; DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC; and Edward & Zuck, PC. A preservation project of this magnitude would never have been possible without the RI Historic Tax Credit. The hard work of these dedicated people, companies, and organizations has transformed Providence’s most notorious White Elephant into an urban asset that we can all be proud of.