Lovecraft at the Facade

Vew from under colonnade of Providence County Superior Courthouse. (Photo by David Brussat)

Vew from under colonnade of Providence County Superior Courthouse. (Photo by David Brussat)

Fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s tales of horror, most of which are set in Providence and elsewhere in New England, will want to be downtown at “The Facade” tonight at 7 for an event hosted by NecronomiCon Providence – the conference on all things Lovecraft under way right now.

Facade at Weybosset Street. (

Facade at Weybosset Street. (

The Facade is the remains of the old Providence National Bank Building mostly demolished back in 2008. It now fronts a parking lot next to the Arcade. Here is a Facebook schedule for the series of events there this evening, including a film and some “secret” film clips, along with music and various other tidbits of interest.

I first became aware of Lovecraft long ago when I learned that he had written extensively to the Providence Journal, circa 1927, calling for the Brick Row to be saved from being razed to erect a judicial archives next to the Providence County Superior Courthouse that was also in the planning stages then (and Lovecraft adored its grand Georgian design no less then than I do today). The Brick Row was demolished but the archives was never built. Memorial Park, built in 1996, occupies that space today, along with Paul Phillipe Cret’s WWI memorial.

The photo above was taken last Saturday as my son Billy and I, after attending WaterFire, decided to take in the colonnade of the courthouse (and its Guastavino tile) on our way back to the car. There was a freak shower and people crowded in to join us to get out of the rain. After it had stopped, Billy and I found that while the courtyard was wet the sidewalk in front of the colonnade was dry.

Crank up the theremin! (Oooo-eee-oooo!) H.P. Lovecraft, call your office!

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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