Looking east down Washington Street into downtown. The Regency apartments, a product of 1960s urban renewal, don’t play as big a role in the city view from most perspectives.
Everyone’s filling out their wuddayacallits, the basketball thingies. President Obama did it. Well, Providence is hosting the regional NCAA semifinals, or did so this past weekend, whatever. I’m not sure how the Friars made out, but here are some even longer shots of Providence, which I took on Sunday morning on the way home with my son Billy from lunch at Wes’s Rib House, on the West Side. Yum! Anyhow, I took a picture each time I had to stop the car for a red light or whatever, and here are some of the results.
Closer in, you see just a few of the city’s profusion spires, domes and cupolas, and the Biltmore hotel, of brick, that blocks out the Regency in crucial views from the east.
Even closer. Ah, that’s better. I was so excited to find the Regency edged out of my frame that my camera must’ve shook a little bit, hence the blur. It wasn’t that I was shooting while driving.
Heading east on Weybosset you see one of the best jumbles of architecture in the city. The Industrial Trust (“Superman”) Building, left of center, is still unoccupied. Any takers?
Further east on Weybosset is the curvature of street that won my heart and sold me on living in Providence (in 1984, plus a job offer). The Arcade, America’s oldest mall, is left of center.
Weybosset meets Westminster just before the Providence River. Beyond, at the base of College Hill, is RISD’s waterfront campus, including the 2007 addition by Rafael Moneo to the RISD Museum.
Not a great shot of the Providence County Superior Court, whose design so enthralled H.P. Lovecraft, but this is the view just before you cross the Providence River to College Hill.
To the left before chugging uphill: The city and state gave RISD a free waterfront campus, and in return it gave the city Moneo’s addition, which is like a graffartist defacing a da Vinci.
Up College Street toward Brown between delightful brick buildings, RISD’s curving College Edifice at left, and at right the courthouse, possibly the world’s largest Georgian building.
After a left onto Benefit Street you can look back down Angell Street into the city between the nation’s first Baptist church, left, and the buildings of the Providence Art Club, right.
Some of the Colonials that line much of the west side of the northern end of Benefit Street, “Providence’s Mile of History,” with almost every variety of traditional building.
Looking down Church Street, you see the R.I. State House (1900, McKim Mead & White) in the distance. The red house at right is where Edgar Allan Poe met Sarah Whitman.
I did not try to sanitize these shots by excluding all modernist buildings. But that would be amazingly easy for a discerning and tasteful photographer to do in Providence, which is why it’s such a beautiful city.