New “Lost Prov” book page

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Today marks the official launch of ” ‘Lost Providence’: the book” – a new page on my blog with all the news about the book. It reveals how to buy the book and where its author will speak about the book (and sign copies). It also adds illustrations that would have been in the book if it were endless, and lists favorite lost buildings submitted by readers.

There are two ways to get to the book page from the blog. One is to click on ” ‘Lost Providence’: the book” next to “Home” in the brown bar below the balustrade (it is from the Providence Public Library). Or you can simply click on the image of the cover of the book to the right below the medallion for “Top 100 Architecture Blog.”

The book page is not like the blog itself, where a new post automatically places itself at the top. The reader must scroll down to view the latest news. Using the drag-down bar at the far right will take you in a second or two.

I look forward to updating not just the buy book section and the events calendar but to adding great illustrations that are not in the book. For example, the book only has four renderings from the Downtown Providence 1970 Plan, and only two from the College Hill Study. The book has a number of before-and-after photo sets, but I will add more to this part of the book page. Finally, there will be really fascinating images, mostly old photos, that could not fit in the book but are too irresistible to leave out altogether. For example, there’s a shot of the Arcade seen from Exchange Place (Kennedy Plaza) after the Butler Exchange was demolished but before the Industrial Trust (“Superman”) Building was constructed. Readers may want to send me examples of that kind of illustration in addition to their favorite lost buildings. Also, readers may comment on the book.

Notice that two WaterFire-related dates are new on the events calendar!

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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