“Lost Providence” update

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Hamilton House, 276 Angell St., is certainly not a lost building of Providence. (Hamilton House)

Lost Providence will go on sale this Monday, August 28. Symposium Books on Westminster Street in downtown will throw the first book launch that same day, starting at 6 p.m. I will give a short introduction, read a chapter, take questions and sign books. Three days later, I will be at Barrington Books, in Garden City, at 6:30 p.m. Events will continue through September and October, including two associated with WaterFire. More events may still be added beyond the dozen now scheduled. As of now the final event will be at the Johnston Historical Society on February 28, 2018.

Hamilton House, the sophisticated Louis XIII-style French Renaissance mansion next to Central Congregational Church on Angell Street, in Providence, will host me to lecture, take questions and sign books on Wednesday, October 4 at 1 p.m. Hamilton House is an adult learning exchange in operation since 1972 at the elegant château completed in 1896, designed by Carrère & Hastings, the firm that designed the Central Congregational next door, the New York Public Library, and the U.S. House and Senate office buildings in Washington, D.C. The house is the only example of its kind in Providence, and was built for Francis W. Carpenter, whose Congdon & Carpenter iron and steel firm founded in 1792 was still in operation at 3-5 Steeple St., as recently as the mid-1980s. Carpenter commissioned the Congregational Church next door.

The Hamilton House event is the latest to be arranged and the only one scheduled during the afternoon, though the time is not yet set for the event at the WaterFire Arts Center with Gene Bunnell, author of Transforming Providence (2016), on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Please check out the additional photographs on the Lost Providence Page elsewhere on this blog. I am planning to put them up as soon as I post this update.

Here is the entire book event schedule:

  • Aug. 28, Symposium Books, 240 Westminster St., Providence: book launch, Monday, 6 p.m.; free
  • Aug. 31, Barrington Books at Garden City, Cranston, book reading, Q&A, and signing. Thursday at 6:30 p.m.; free
  • Sept. 7, Books on the Square, 471 Angell St., Providence, book reading, Q&A, and signing; Thursday, 7 p.m.; free
  • Sept. 20, jointly sponsored by the Providence Preservation Society and the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence, slide lecture, Q&A, book signing, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; free
  • Sept. 23, WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, joint talk with Gene Bunnell, author of Transforming Providence, time TBA, free
  • Sept. 25, Rochambeau Community Library, 708 Hope St., Providence, slide lecture, Q&A, signing, Monday, 7 p.m.; free
  • Sept. 28, Preservation Society of Newport County, Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, slide lecture, Q&A, Thursday, 6 p.m.; $10 members, $15 nonmembers
  • Sept. 30, WaterFire, Q&A and book signing during the event (sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation, time TBA, free
  • Oct. 4, Hamilton House, 276 Angell St., Providence, discussion with slides and Q&A, 1 p.m., Wednesday, free
  • Oct. 5, Rhode Island Historical Society, Netop Nights at John Brown House, 52 Power St., Providence, lecture, Q&A, book signing, Thursday, 6 p.m.; free
  • Oct. 12, Preserve Rhode Island, Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope St., Providence, reading/lecture, Q&A, book signing, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28, Johnston Historical Society, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, R.I., slide lecture, Q&A, book signing, Wednesday, meeting at 7, lecture at 7:45, free

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. 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. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and 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 invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, 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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5 Responses to “Lost Providence” update

  1. Thanks so much, Sub! If you agitate for someone to invite me, maybe it will happen. Is there an ICAA chapter out there? I’d love to get back to Tucson, which I visited in 1985.

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    • A Subscriber says:

      ‘The International Council of Active Aging’ is about all there is here, Dave – though, in a sense, they’re not really all that different from the other ICAA. Old bodies, old buildings – and the appreciation of classic design.

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      • That’s right, Sub, but here’s hoping that the maker movement and the slow this or that movement come to realize that traditional architecture is just that – taking one thing at a time, the way we used to do everything.

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  2. A Subscriber says:

    Best Wishes, Dave! And when your tour takes you to Tucson (try saying that 3 times fast), I’ll be the first in line!

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