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.