Providence Biltmore
The Providence Biltmore Hotel is an upscale hotel that opened in 1922 as part of the Biltmore Hotel chain. It was founded by John McEntee Bowman and Louis Wallick, and is currently owned by Grand Heritage Hotels International. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Built in the neo-Federal Beaux-arts style and designed by the architectural firm of Warren and Wetmore (who also designed Grand Central Station), the Biltmore was the second-tallest building in the city (after the Rhode Island State House) until the Industrial Trust Tower was finished six years later. Today, the Biltmore is the 9th-tallest building in the city. In 1954, when Providence was inundated by Hurricane Carol, much of the lobby of the Biltmore was underwater, and a plaque, eight feet up on lobby columns, commemorates the high water mark today. In 1975 the Biltmore closed and remained out of use until a group of local businesses implemented Federal tax credits to rehabilitate the building, reopening it in 1979. The Biltmore's external glass elevator which climbs all 18 floors of the hotel was added for the 1979 re-opening. The hotel was originally built with 600 rooms. Later, walls were knocked down and suites were created. The hotel offers 292 guestrooms. The hotel currently contains the largest Starbucks in New England, McCormick & Schmicks Restaurant, and a Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden. The hotel contains banquet space of over 19,000 square feet (1,800 m 2). With a Grand Ballroom on the rooftop level, offering views of the city, that can hold up to 750, it contains space for functions such as wedding receptions or conferences. For 71 years (until the Westin Hotel was completed in 1993), it was the tallest and largest hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

Movie Backdrop
The Providence Biltmore features prominently in the 2004 Jeff Nathanson film " The Last Shot", and the 2007 Anne Fletcher film " 27 Dresses". Showtime episodes of "Brotherhood" from 2004-2007 were also shot here.

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