‘Lost Prov’ show at PPL Wed.

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Original front entrance (now closed) of the Providence Public Library.

Tomorrow the Lost Providence road show will appear at the Providence Public Library for a slide lecture at 6:30 p.m. The real show here, however, is the exterior of the library on Washington Street, which opened in 1900, the balustrade that you see every time you visit this blog, the original entrance, the lobby inside of the doorway, the staircase from the second to the third floor, and the upstairs hallway with offices. Rain may preclude examining the exterior on Washington Street, and remember that the current entrance is into the 1954 addition on Empire Street, so below are a few shots of the old outside, plus some shots of the interior spaces for the benefit of those who take the elevator up to the third floor instead of climbing the stairs.

Your scribbling author will be there, too, and will lecture about the book, take questions and answers, and then sign books afterward. In addition to the library, the event is sponsored by the Providence Preservation Society and the Brown Bookstore, which will be selling copies of Lost Providence.

I reader wonders whether I’ll give a tour of the library as part of the event. I’m afraid not, but the library itself gives tours of the premises.



DSCN0842DSCN6754DSCN6758DSCN5501DSCN5518DSCN6762DSCN6769 The view upon entering the library today through the Empire Street entrance.

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, 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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4 Responses to ‘Lost Prov’ show at PPL Wed.

  1. indisco33 says:

    Sorry, I’m confused. Will there be a conducted tour/history of library as well as your discussion/signing of “Lost Providence” book?


    • Sorry if I left you with a false impression, Indisco. There is no tour, but merely a suggestion that attendees check out the library’s beautiful interiors and exteriors, or to enjoy the pictures if they don’t expect to do so. I will see if I can clarify that.


  2. mcellis55 says:

    The first few images of the library are so stunning and then BAM, one is hit in the face with the awfulness of the Empire Street entrance view. Let’s add that to the list of deplorables!


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