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Providence Biltmore Hotel

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1920–1922, Warren and Wetmore. 1978–1979 and later, remodeling, Philemon E. Sturges with Morris Nathanson for interiors. 11 Dorrance St.
  • Providence Biltmore Hotel (HABS)

Almost as symbolic a civic gesture as City Hall across the street, the Biltmore was constructed with funds raised by the Providence Chamber of Commerce to provide the city with modern, first-class hotel accommodations. Warren and Wetmore were well established as architects of stylish hotels, among them the Biltmore, Commodore, and Pennsylvania hotels in New York. The dryly detailed Renaissance ornamentation in brick and limestone, here on an L-plan tower rising from a trapezoidal base, is conventional for hotels of the period. The reworked lobby retains some fine, gilded Adamesque plasterwork at its second-floor level. The topfloor banquet hall and ballroom remains as an exceptional example of festive Neo-Colonial decor such as no eighteenth-century person ever laid eyes upon. The exterior now boasts an express elevator to the roof in a transparent shaft, a feature of a major renovation of the late 1970s that was then much in vogue for hotels, whether incorporated inside or out.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Providence Biltmore Hotel", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 38-38.

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