Our historic hotel’s New England, old-world character charms guests from the start, and the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel is a stunning example of historic preservation and rehabilitation.
Built in 1929 to be a Masonic Temple, construction was abandoned with the onset of the Depression, and the building sat empty for seventy years. In 2003 Sage Hospitality, a Denver, CO based company, embarked on a $1 million renovation of the building. The transformation of the building into the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel (opened in 2007) marks the largest historic restoration project in Rhode Island to date. Read more about the building’s restoration in our Press Room.
The original design of the building reflects the Neo-Classical style popular in America at the time, and is a significant example of this style in Rhode Island. Magnificent columns adorn the building’s façade, and limestone bricks form its base. When hotel guests glance across the street to the Rhode Island State House (designed by McKim, Mead & White), they will notice parallel visual elements between the hotel and the State House. This visual parallel was entirely intentional at the time of the building’s design and construction. Read more about the building’s history.
Sage Hospitality chose to artistically highlight the original intention of the building, playing off of Masonic themes through the décor and styling of the hotel as well as the hotel’s popular restaurant, Public Kitchen & Bar. The result is a dazzling, dramatic interior that celebrates the artistic culture of our Creative Capital.