Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation announces its most endangered historic places - in 2019, the iconic Superman building in Providence joined that list.
Advocates want to see the building used in some way, whether that’s commercial or residential.
From SavingPlaces dot org:
"The fact that the banking’s no longer here, that the light’s turned off, it’s a little bit of a drag on the local psyche. While we are proud of the history and the architecture, and that lantern being on for almost 90 years hearkening back to Providence’s heyday and promise, it’s now having the opposite effect. The community’s goal is, minimally, to get that lantern lit again—but it’s really to get that building occupied, serving Providence for the future."
“We are excited to announce that the Industrial Trust Company Building is on this year’s list. An iconic part of the Providence skyline, the 1928 building is under threat due to deterioration and deferred maintenance after six years of vacancy. Dubbed the “Superman Building” due to its resemblance to the Daily Planet building from Superman comics, there is no current redevelopment plan for this iconic piece of the Providence skyline, putting its future in question.
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The press conference also debuted a new hashtag - #savesupermanri - and a Save Superman Campaign.