Greater City Providence

ProJo: Plan to restore Providence Biltmore’s glass elevator OK’d; restaurant to return to top floor

View from the top floor of the Biltmore

Top-floor dining will be returning to the Providence Biltmore hotel downtown, and the exterior glass elevator will be brought back into service to take diners there in style.

The Downtown Design Review Committee on Monday unanimously approved plans to build a new exterior vestibule for the elevator on the 18th floor of the hotel, above the existing vestibule on the 17th floor, and to restore the elevator. The new vestibule will mirror the existing one in size (120 square feet) and style, according to J. Michael Abbott, a principal of Northeast Collaborative Architects.

All I’ve wanted to do since I moved to Providence was drink a Manhattan at a lovely bar at the top of the Biltmore.

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.

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  • Some of the most fun memories I have of Providence in the early 80s involved riding the elevator to the top of the Biltmore. It was so disappointing to find it out of service when Bear and I moved back.

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