‘Superman’ building to offer 3 more public tours

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you’ve ever wanted to see what Providence’s famed “Superman” building looks like on the inside you’ll soon have your chance – but don’t hesitate.

William Fischer, a spokesman for building owner David Sweetser, announced Monday that the building will be opened for three public tours starting later this month.

The tours are free, but each is limited to 40 attendees and spots must be reserved ahead of time.

The reservation website will go live at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Click here to reserve tickets.

Five public tours were held between July and September and all 200 spots were reserved in less than two hours, according to Fischer.

The tours will be held at 1 p.m. on three upcoming Saturdays: Nov. 19, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10. They’ll be led by members of the Providence Preservation Society.

During the tour, participants will be able to check out the vault, the banking hall, and stunning views of the city from the building’s 25th floor, Fischer said. The tours last about 90 minutes and attendees will be given complimentary t-shirts and pairs of binoculars.

Fischer said Sweetser has been in talks with the Preservation Society about adding more tour dates early next year.

Tickets are limited to two per person and must be presented upon arrival.

The 26-story building was built in 1927 by the Industrial Trust Co., which later became Fleet Financial. (The “Superman” nickname references its similarity to the Daily Planet building in the 1950s TV show.)

The building has been empty and decaying since Bank of America moved its workers out back in 2013. Sweetser’s company, High Rock Development, has been pushing to get public money to help pay to redevelop it.

Eyewitness News learned earlier this year that the building is being eyed by PayPal as the company considers expanding to Rhode Island.

Visit SaveSupermanRI.com for more information about the building.