50 Kennedy Plaza

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50 Kennedy Plaza
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50 Kennedy Plaza is located in Rhode Island
50 Kennedy Plaza
Location within Rhode Island
General information
Location50 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island 02891, United States
Coordinates41°49′29″N 71°24′38″W / 41.8248°N 71.4105°W / 41.8248; -71.4105Coordinates: 41°49′29″N 71°24′38″W / 41.8248°N 71.4105°W / 41.8248; -71.4105
Roof285 ft (87 m)
Technical details
Floor count20
Design and construction
ArchitectHellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Main contractorGilbane Building Company

50 Kennedy Plaza (formerly known as Fleet Center) is a Postmodern skyscraper in Providence, Rhode Island. At a height of 285 ft (87 m),[1] it is currently the sixth-tallest building in the city and state. The building is named for Kennedy Plaza.

Built by Gilbane Building Company, notable occupants with headquarters in the building include Fortune 1000 company Nortek, Inc.[2] and private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.[3]

Its exterior façade is done in "granite framing green-reflective-glass side elevations".[4] Its location, sandwiched between the 125 m (410 ft) One Financial Center and the 130 m (430 ft) Industrial National Bank Building, ostensibly detracts from its height with architectural historian Wm Woodward calling it, "a trifle too low for the site", though in the company of the aforementioned buildings, it forms part of one of the most identifiable parts of the Providence skyline. It is this section of the Providence skyline that is featured on the animated television series Family Guy.


  1. ^ 50 Kennedy Plaza at Emporis
  2. ^ http://www.nortek-inc.com/corpback.htm Archived 2006-11-18 at the Wayback Machine. Nortek's company website
  3. ^ "Providence Equity Partners LLC".
  4. ^ Woodward, Wm McKenzie. Guide to Providence Architecture. 1st ed. 2003: United States. ISBN 0-9742847-0-X. p102.