Time Lapse advance alert!


Sheila Lennon, Journal uber-blogger, speaks this Thursday. Details below.

What is depicted in the photo above? This is a trick question because it is a trick photograph, one that I found on Tuesday afternoon rifling through the Journal photo archives in search of an image to illustrate my Thursday column, which I had written Tuesday morning. It so happened that Sheila Lennon was also in the archive; it must be her second home. She assembles the weekly “Time Lapse” feature in the paper and online. It reaches toward a climax each week, putting readers in suspense until she grants us release on Sunday, unraveling a mystery in a single photo – where is this? what’s going on? – with a payload of archival stories and photos from old Journals.

Sheila’s spirit must have been at play this afternoon, resulting in my finding the above photo, which I expect will run with my column. And the question is: What is it about the photo that fits like a glove with both my column topic and the day of its writing? Hint: The topic is London.

Be that as it may, at 6 p.m. Thursday (the schmoozing begins at 5:30), the Providence Preservation Society and Preserve Rhode Island will host The Providence Journal’s blogger-in-chief Sheila Lennon for an illustrated talk at the Gov. Henry Lippitt House, 199 Hope St. (at Angell). Sheila informed me of this event after I showed her the photo above, and I told her I would post a notice of her talk. The hosts request a $10 donation, if you cn spare it. The evening is officially free if you are a PPS or PRI member.

Warning: Be in a mood to see incredible photos from the Journal’s archives.

The PPS announcement is here, though I think most of the necessary info is above.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to Time Lapse advance alert!

  1. Eric Inman Daum says:

    Well clearly, David, the image of Trafalgar Square illustrating how its scale would have been transformed by early New York style skyscrapers, (I believe that is the old Park Row, or Newspaper Row down by city hall superimposed on the image of Trafalgar Square, at least the collagist allowed St Martin in the Fields to survive!). I assume this week’s column will concern the proposed addition of modern towers for London’s uniform and humane skyline.


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