Friday: “Americans in Paris”

This lecture is tonight!

Architecture Here and There

Front cover of "Americans in Paris." ( Front cover of “Americans in Paris.” (

Margot Ellis will be in Boston to discuss her book Americans in Paris, co-authored and inspired by the late Jean Paul Carlhian, who died before its completion. Carlhian was a Frenchman who attended L’École des Beaux-Arts – the subject of the book along with its Yankee grads – moved to America after WWII, taught at the Harvard GSD and was long an architect at the Boston firm of Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, known for its founder, Henry Hobson Richardson, also a L’École graduate, and who probably spins in his grave for a lot of reasons, not least perhaps the contemporary work of the firm now known officially as Shepley Bulfinch, which today has offices in Phoenix, too.

Ellis spent 15 years researching and writing Americans along with Carlhian. I met the architect several years ago at an event honoring Shepley…

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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,, 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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