Greater City Providence

The Box Office


Rendering from The Box Office

When Puma City came to Boston I meant to post about it and say, “gee, wouldn’t it be cool to have something like that here?” But I never did and I guess I didn’t have to because soon we will have The Box Office.

ProJo reports on today’s groundbreaking at 460 Harris Avenue. The building will be 3 stories tall and made of 32 recycled steel shipping containers and contain 12 studio and office spaces. Plans for the building and information about it’s green features can be seen on the project’s website.

The site is the former Harris Lumber site on Harris Avenue near the intersection with Atwells Avenue. The site was mostly razed in 2001, but there is a small structure that will be demolished and recycled.

Love the Acela in the rendering.

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • Awesome. I absolutely love container architecture. Some day, I will grow weary of this place and build myself a container-home in Maine.

  • I think it pretty cool too. It seems to be one of those projects that whether you like the way it looks or not, we can all agree that it adds to the architectural diversity of the city and it’s one of those “whoa, check that out” type of places.

  • The Mayor’s Office YouTube’d the groundbreaking ceremony:

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