Here are some shots through the grand windows of the 11th floor meeting room of the old Brown Rudnick law firm, a space now belonging to Brown University, which kindly allowed me up to shoot a shot for my book Lost Providence, now about two-thirds written. All of the shots here are taken from the cutting-room floor, that is, they are not shots I took for the book, but as targets of opportunity – I shot them because they were there.
Perhaps the only story line here, aside from the garish brick RISD has imposed on the city skyline, is that of how the Darth Vader Building (One Citizens Plaza) blocks the view of the State House from downriver. I have a sad shot somewhere in my iPhoto library of 44,637 phot0graphs that shows that you can still see the dome of our capitol, topped off by the Independent Man, in a sliver of space between the Darth and RISD’s old Hospital Trust. Maybe I have flagged it. [I’m afraid not.] If I happen upon it I will add it to this post. Didn’t, so I went out and reshot it. (It is not, of course, from atop Rubik’s Cube. It was shot from the Crawford Street Bridge.)
Oh, yes, and here’s the Rubik’s Cube, below, seen from just off Benefit Street:
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.
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The Rubik’s Cube used to be that building, a blotch on the skyline of College Hill. Now that skyline, which is so beautiful, has bookends. Alas.
This would appear to be the highest and best use for Downtown’s Rubik’s Cube. Finally! And you don’t have to look at while in it, on atop it.
Yes, like the French novelist who lunched every day at the Eiffel Tower because it was the only place in town from which he could not see it. (Tastes change!)
Nice shots. I look forward to reading the book.
Thank you so much, N.E.M.!
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Perfect example of how one “bad apple” building can ruin an entire city. Or almost.