Designation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation of Providence’s iconic art deco Industrial Trust Co. building as one of America’s most-endangered historic places was welcomed by local preservationists. But they understand more than national publicity generated by the designation is needed to save the vacant tower, known locally as the “Superman” building. “A most-endangered…

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  1. We must do everything in our power to preserve and repurpose the Industrial Trust Tower. It is an iconic and historic landmark that has identified Providence for nearly a century. The PPS, the Mayor and the self-interested Jewelry District residents should stop wasting valuable time, energy and financial resources fighting the Hope Point Tower (e.g., by filing the foolish law suit to block Hope Point) and focus on preserving and repurposing the Industrial Trust Tower, probably the most valuable and important historic building of Rhode Island’s 20th Century and perhaps of all time in Rhode Island’s history. Let’s not make the same mistake New York City made in the 1960’s when demolished the Pennsylvania Railroad Station – one of the greatest historic losses in the country!