Built in 1878, Providence City Hall remains one of Providence’s most significant and celebrated historical buildings. Following a narrow escape from the wrecking ball in 1975, City Hall underwent extensive restoration, resulting in its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Some of the most important and memorable moments in the history of the city have occurred at City Hall. It was on the previous building's very steps that Abraham Lincoln delivered a stirring speech on February 28, 1860. It was at City Hall that President Teddy Roosevelt spoke on August 23, 1902, and it was here that then-Senator John F. Kennedy delivered a speech on November 7, 1960, just days away from his presidential election victory.