This site at the confluence of Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers offered, by Capital Center guidelines, the opportunity to build a three-hundred-foot building. But this squat, graceless building, designed by Jung/Brannen Associates (Boston) with Robinson, Green & Beretta in shiny liver-colored stone, is what the city got. Part of the problem was timing, because of the recession-driven glut of office space on the market during the period of its development. CFG Associates had received approval by the Capital Center Commission in 1987 but did not begin construction until later, and the project suffered both architecturally and urbanistically. Despite dumpy massing and heavy detailing, the plan works well and makes this one of the city’s most desirable commercial addresses. But both the prominent site and Providence deserve much better.
– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture
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