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Tours of the Industrial Trust Building Fill within 2 Hours

Visit savesupermanri.com for information on future tours

Industrial Trust - 1939
View of the Industrial Trust Company Building from Hay Street, 1939. Photo: Providence Public Library
In a continued effort to provide greater public access to the Industrial Trust Building, the building's owner, David Sweetser of High Rock Development has agreed to open the building to public tours. The tours will be lead by members of the Providence Preservation

"I want Rhode Islanders to have access to the tallest building in the state. I want them to enjoy the views, which are one-of-a-kind in Rhode Island and I want them to have an opportunity to appreciate the architecture and history associated with the building," said David Sweetser. "We appreciate the Providence Preservation Society lending their expertise to these tours."

Tours are currently SOLD OUT, but additional tour dates are in the works! Make sure to follow Save Superman RI on Facebook and Twitter for updates!


Save the Superman!

On May 5, Owner David Sweetser and development consultant Buff Chace held a press conference in the currently empty Art Deco skyscraper at 111 Westminster Street to kickoff a new public campaign championing the building’s renovation.

Nicknamed for its resemblance to the headquarters of the Daily Planet, where Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent was employed, the former Bank of America building has been vacant for three years, and is deteriorating. It has been listed twice on our Most Endangered Properties list, in 2014 and this year. Both Sweetser and Chace emphasized the importance of private and public partnerships, including raising the tax credit cap to allow for a project of this magnitude.

The proposed renovations would see the tower turn mixed use, with the majority of the building being converted into residences, and the ground floor and underground bank vault into commercial spaces. Several local colleges, including brown University and RISD are in support of more housing for their growing graduate programs, and the plethora of downtown commercial space will need residential units to accommodate new employees.

Although it is unlikely that public tax credits & funds will be secured before the budget is finalized for this fiscal year, both Sweetser and Chace have committed to lobbying for the project into the next budget session. A social media campaign is in full swing, including a website: savesupermanri.com. Share your comments and favorite images of the Superman with the hashtag #savesupermanri and support the renaissance of an icon!

Providence Skyline - Superman
The Providence Skyline with the Superman Building front and center. Photo via savesupermanri.com

Check out the ProJo's coverage of the event here.

RIPR also coveredthe press conference.