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Symposium Venue 

Industrial Trust - 1936

The 2016 Providence Symposium will take place at the Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street (click for map).

One of the most iconic and recognizable buildings in the region, the Indiana-limestone clad Industrial Trust Company Building rises over 420 feet above Kennedy Plaza, capped by a 4-story square lantern. The Art Deco skyscraper features streamlined classical motifs above the second story, and set-back pyramidal massing. Upon the opening of the building in 1928, Providence Magazine commented that the Industrial Trust “has already taken a place in the heart and life of the community.”

The quickly expanding Industrial Trust Company eventually became Fleet Bank, before finally merging with Bank of America in the early 2000s. High Rock Development purchased the building in 2008, and Bank of America remained as the sole tenant until their lease expired in early 2013.

The Industrial Trust, now empty, has been one of PPS' Most Endangered Properties twice in the recent past. In summer 2016, PPS partnered with Cornish Associates to host guided tours of the downtown landmark. We are continuing our advocacy efforts by inviting the city to participate in our Symposium, held in the building's storied banking hall.

The Symposium will take place in the Industrial Trust banking hall. Unfortunately, the venue is not ADA accessible and the event space is reachable only by stairs. Please contact PPS at 401-831-7440 with any accessibility concerns.

Industrial Trust - Hay StreetThe Industrial Trust Building, seen from Hay Street, 1939. Image courtesy of the Providence Public Library.

On-street parking is available, as well as paid, off-street parking..

Above: Aerial image of the Industrial Trust Co. building on Kennedy Plaza (then Exchange Place), courtesy Providence Public Library.