Old Stone Bank Tower // 1969

As technology and engineering advanced, buildings could go taller and taller, something banks loved in the Post-WWII era to showcase their wealth and stature in cities. The Old Stone Bank was a popular banking institution in Rhode Island that was founded in Providence in 1819. In 1969, the bank decided to build a new tower in Downtown Providence, hiring the New York firm of Shreve, Lamb & Harmon (the firm who designed the Empire State Building forty years prior) to design the skyscraper. The 23-story structure is set back from the street and is raised on a podium. The first story is marbled sheathed and serves as a base for the concrete-grid curtain wall, which blends International and Brutalist styles well. The building opened in 1972 and is today known as the Textron Tower. I think it is interesting to read architectural historian views of Modern buildings, as many despise 99% of Post-WWII buildings, but I kind of like this one.

4 thoughts on “Old Stone Bank Tower // 1969

  1. Tom March 17, 2022 / 9:05 am

    Been following your blog for several months now and appreciate your photos illustrating the depth and diversity of New England’s architecture! As an obsessed Modernist, however, I would love to see more International Style, Mid-Century Modern and Brutalist buildings. Old Stone Bank in PVD is a fantastic example. Love it!

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    • Buildings of New England March 17, 2022 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much Tom! I’ll try and feature more! I am with you on Modern architecture, its a fave!


  2. John August 26, 2022 / 5:47 pm

    I was an elevator operator in this building back in the early 70’s. On my last day, the elevator repair guy let me ride on the top of a car.

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