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The Creative Capital: Art and Architecture Tour of Providence

Discover the beauty of Providence in all forms. 

The story of Providence is told by its buildings. Our city's downtown blossomed during America's Gilded Age, and has well-preserved examples of Art-Deco, Beaux-Arts, Neoclassical, and many more architectural styles. But this tour goes beyond bricks and windows: peer into the past by learning some of the human stories behind the facades.

This tour also explores the city's vibrant arts and cultural scene, a key ingredient of its dramatic turnaround from mid-century urban decay to regional arts center. Experience and learn the inspiration for Providence's most breathtaking murals: these massive works weave into the city’s visual landscape for a result unparalleled anywhere in the United States. 

The walk begins in the lobby of the city's historic Biltmore hotel and concludes after a 1.5 mile stroll at the Providence Riverwalk. 

"Providence doesn’t just have an arts scene that’s impressive for a city of its size... Providence has an impressive art scene, full stop."

Boston Magazine

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Sights to See

  • The Biltmore Hotel

  • Providence City Hall

  • Providence Industrial Trust, AKA The Superman Building

  • She Never Came Mural

  • Trinity Repertory Company

  • Providence Performing Arts Center

  • Still Here Mural

  • The Providence Arcade 

Tour Info

  • Meeting Point: Inside the Graduate Hotel Lobby

  • Address: 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

  • Distance: About 1.5 miles

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Tour Length: About 150 minutes

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