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It’s lights out for Rhode Island’s ‘Superman building’

The Providence, Rhode Island, skyline, with the "Superman building" on the left

The Providence, Rhode Island, skyline, with the “Superman building” on the left

Providence, Rhode Island’s Bank of America Building, known locally as the “Superman building” because of its resemblance to the Daily Planet on the Adventures of Superman television series, will go dark at the end of the month.

The Associated Press reports the familiar blue light atop the 1928 Art Deco-style building — at 428 feet, it’s the tallest in the state — will be turned off when Bank of America’s lease expires (the color was traditionally changed to red and green for Christmas, and red for Valentine’s Day). Likewise, the lights that illuminate the facade will be minimal, if they’re used at all.

Bank of America had been using less than half the 350,000 square feet it leased in the 26-story building. It has moved to two new locations in Providence, which combined boast about 153,000 square feet. High Rock Westminster, which bought the building in 2008 for $33 million, has said the best option is to convert its 350,000 square feet of office space into 290 apartments. However, to afford the construction the company would need to General Assembly to revive its historic tax credit program.

(Note: Los Angeles City Hall was actually used for exterior shots of the Daily Planet on Adventures of Superman.)

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