Dean’s reinvention highlights city charm

Now on at least its fourth incarnation, The Dean hotel in Providence is yet another example of the potential that lies just under the surface in the capital city. More

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Dean’s reinvention highlights city charm

Posted 4/21/14

Now on at least its fourth incarnation, The Dean hotel in Providence is yet another example of the potential that lies just under the surface in the capital city.

Originally a settlement house for the Episcopal Church when it was built a century ago, then a hotel, then a “gentlemen’s club”/brothel (when it went by the name The Sportsman’s Inn), The Dean has been reinvented as a stylish urban hotel, one that reflects much of the talent and charm of Providence’s design-driven ethos.

From the beds to decorative touches and the hotel bar and coffee shop, regional artists and entrepreneurs have contributed to its rebirth. To make use of an over-exposed term, The Dean’s rebirth is the definition of an “authentic” redevelopment.

The local contributions are making The Dean a place that locals and out-of-towners can gather, stay and drink in an artsy, modern atmosphere, and then take home and spread the word about what a fun place Providence can be. Well done.

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