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Steve Maurano
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations​
(401) 865-2413
Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations Specialist
(401) 865-2413

Ruane Center for the Humanities
Fast Facts

The Numbers
  • There are 181 rooms in the building.
  • There are approximately 4,203 corridor floor tiles.
  • There are 206 doors.
  • There are 64 steps to reach the roof from the lowest floor of the building.
  • Height of the Tower 49”- 9”.
  • There are 475 windows.
  • There are approximately 172,618 bricks.
  • There are more than 400 tons of steel in the building (800,000 pounds).
  • Weight of St. Thomas Aquinas Statue – 800 pounds.
  • The St. Thomas Aquinas Statue was sculpted by artist Sylvia Nicolas, who also did the stained glass windows in St. Dominic Chapel.  
  • The exterior of the Ruane Center features 9 decorative shields with coats of arms or other heraldic emblems.
  • Almost 90 Providence College faculty members (across day school, graduate school, and continuing education) are teaching nearly 2,400 students in the building.
  • 60% of the traditional, day school student population is enrolled in at least one course that meets in the building.
Architecture and Symbolism
  • The Providence College seal appears above the south entrance and on the mantel of the Great Room fireplace.
  • The sunburst carving on the shield above the St. Thomas Aquinas statue (as well as the sunburst on the breast of the statue itself) is the traditional symbol of St. Thomas Aquinas going back centuries. The sunburst on the breast of St. Thomas Aquinas is a symbol of his teachings which, themselves illumined by divine truth, bear forth great light for the whole Church.
  • The subtle dark brick pattern at the parapet of the building is referred to as “diapering.”
Learning Spaces
  • The round seminar tables are designed in four segments, so that they may be arranged to accommodate seminars, lectures, and small groups, depending on the needs of the class.
  • The small intermediate tables in the lower level lecture hall are designed to accommodate small break-out sessions.
  • The tower seminar room provides views of 9 campus buildings.
Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity