One Financial Plaza (Providence)

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One Financial Plaza
General information
Type Office
Location One Financial Plaza,
Providence, RI 02891, United States
Coordinates 41°49′31.11″N 71°24′36.14″W / 41.8253083°N 71.4100389°W / 41.8253083; -71.4100389Coordinates: 41°49′31.11″N 71°24′36.14″W / 41.8253083°N 71.4100389°W / 41.8253083; -71.4100389
Construction started 1970
Completed 1973
Roof 413 ft (126 m)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Design and construction
Architect John Carl Warnecke & Associates
Developer Hospital Trust Corporation

One Financial Plaza, also known as the Sovereign Bank Tower and formerly known as the Hospital Trust Tower,[1] is an international-style skyscraper in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

One Financial Plaza and the Providence skyline from Brown University

Standing as the second-tallest building in Providence, its taut-skin cladding is done in pre-cast concrete and travertine. The building is topped with a wide masonry cap surrounded by lights that glow orange at night; the light colors are changed to green and red for the Christmas holiday season, red for Valentine's Day and St. Joseph's Day, and green for St. Patrick's Day. Atop its roof is the highest helicopter pad in the state of Rhode Island. The Hospital Trust Tower was built to house the institution responsible for funding Rhode Island Hospital, and is next to the original Rhode Island Hospital Trust Building.[2]

William McKenzie Woodward, a well-known architectural historian and staff member of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, does not agree aesthetically with the building, calling it a "lackluster addition to both the street and the skyline" saying that its "blunt mass" is made "all the more graceless" by its travertine curtain wall.

Being the second tallest building, One Financial Plaza is one of the three buildings featured in the Providence skyline often seen in the television series Family Guy.


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  2. ^ Woodward, Wm McKenzie, "Guide to Providence Architecture, 1st ed, (2003), United States, ISBN 0-9742847-0-X, pp. 79-80

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