Monthly Archives: May 2017

Adam on neighborly styles

In his book Classical Columns Robert Adam has an essay about one of his most enticing works, “The Sackler Library: Ancient and Modern.” It traces the influences of past and present design philosophies on his building at Oxford University. He … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art and design | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Clam shack casino in R.I.

My wife’s longtime friend Christopher Scott Martin (that’s three first names!) is the author, with David Norton Stone, of Rhode Island Clam Shacks, pub- lished in April under the Images of America imprint of Arcadia Publishing. We went to the … Continue reading

Posted in Books and Culture, Rhode Island | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

New view of PawSox field

Yesterday, alarmed, I posted in “PawSox sock the Bucket” a drawing of the proposed new PawSox stadium in downtown Pawtucket and warned against the poor architecture it suggested might be in store for the Bucket. Today, the Providence Journal published … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Development | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

PawSox sock the Bucket came out today with an editorial, “Pawsox Owners’ Ask Is Failed Community Leadership and Ultimate Greed.” It says: “Terry Murray and Tom Ryan asking Pawtucket to float a bond is like Daddy Warbucks shaking down Annie and Sandy for … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Development | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Philly’s new revo museum

Got a nice mailing the other day from RAMSA – that is, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Bob Stern’s firm, in New York City. Open the flyer and a photo on two flaps emerges of the Museum of the American Revolution, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Drabble does ornament

I’m close to the end of Margaret Drabble’s The Ice Age. I posted a short while ago some passages on the attitudes of developers in postwar Britain (“Inside Drabble’s developer“). Now the father of her developer protagonist has died and … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

My auction bid for Hazlitt

Here’s the column I described in my post earlier today, “Surrounded by beauty,” about attending the Bruneau & Co. auction showroom, in Cranston. *** January 26, 1989 Supply versus demand at its worst: Two book lovers chasing one book All … Continue reading

Posted in Books and Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Surrounded by beauty

Spent Friday morning surrounded by beauty at the auctioneer’s showroom of Kevin Bruneau out Elmwood way, just over the line in Cranston. The exterior of the low, tan cinder-block building belies its contents. A visitor, having mastered the desire to … Continue reading

Posted in Art and design, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Rogue Island Museum?

I just listened to the first episode of Crimetown, the podcast about the criminal history of Rhode Island’s capital, Providence. The podcast has zoomed to the top of the charts not just in Rhode Island and the U.S. but around … Continue reading

Posted in Providence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A tale of two PPS events

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:
Aerial view of Cathedral Square shows many entry points into the plaza. (Digital Commons @ RIC) Over the course of four days the Providence Preservation Society hosted two events, one about Cathedral Square,…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment