Providence City HallCurrently Open
- Address: 25 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-4014217740
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Hall
Technically you should only be at the City Hall on a guided tour or for official business, as it is not a classic tourist attraction but the center of the municipal government here. It's not open to tourists. But once you are inside this 1878 building, now listed on the national register of historic places, there is a lot to see. The architectural style is Second Empire Baroque. Check the grand entrance into the atrium, the inlaid marble and the paint work, and the original the gas lamps. A number of famous speeches have been delivered on the steps of this building, including US President Theodore Roosevelt’s "Trust" speech.
Providence City Hall Travel Tips
- Tours of the city hall are by appointment only.
Providence City Hall Hours
- Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
- Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
How to Reach Providence City Hall
- Buses 17, 27, 28, 31, 92 stop Washington NS Clemence
- Buses 1, 3 stop Dorrance After Pine
- Bus 6 stop Weybosset FS Peck
- Drove to here or take a taxi.
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Providence City Hall Reviews & Ratings
I went in for a job interview for a position in the mayor's office and later realized it was a complete farce. First, let me state I did not need this position. I went for it because I have civic pride, I felt that my strengths could genuinely assist them and because it is the city that needs help badly. They need ethical, articulate and intelligent servants who aren't in it solely for the gold-plated pension (which, by the way, will definitely be reformed sooner or later). Unfortunately, what I witnessed was entrenched-business-as-usual. I was interviewed by two people, a male and female who did a weird good cop/bad cop routine. I quickly realized from the the lazy questions and unfocused attention that they probably already had a inside candidate in mind and wanted to interview a handful of non-insiders for show. As a test, I asked them for the the top three categories of concern that this particular department handles. Neither of these adult full-time city employees had an answer about the very department they were interviewing to hire for! I did have the answers (right on the website), and promptly supplied them. No wonder why this city continues to struggle year after year. It is truly, deeply buried neck high in ineptitude. By the way, I've happily continued on in the private sector.
For the most part this place is OK. Some of the employees actually care about their job and go above and beyond, while some have the "I got a city job so FTW!" attitude and it shows. The building itself is a beautiful building. Parking sucks here. Most on street parking is reserves or permit parking. Actual public spots are tough to come by. There are parking garages nearby but charge around 10 bucks to park. One of my biggest gripes is around back the employees take it upon themselves to park on the sidewalk. One employee even blocking the clearly marked handicapped entrance. There are fire zone signs along the wall but these employees apparently are special and as such exempt.
Now bus terminal are crowded with violent users but historic buildings are standing here....
Convenient location. No parking lot.
Good looking building. Perimeter is kept immaculate. Usually one or two security or maintenance in sight. Once it closes the old school food truck is located on the SE corner most every night late!