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This ponderous and not terribly well-mannered reinforced-concrete tower, designed by Shreve Lamb & Harmon (architects of the Empire State Building), is difficult to ignore. Set back from the building line and raised on a podium several feet above street level, it physically disengages itself from the street. The marble-sheathed first story is not quite right as the base for an aggressive concrete-grid curtain wall, the voids at the corners weaken that grid, and the heavy cap floats uneasily above the whole.

– 2003 Guide to Providence Architecture

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