Stuart Little, Gramercy Park

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Here is another sketch by Garth Williams from E.B. White’s Stuart Little.  The lovelorn mouse is about to leave the Little residence in search of Margalo, a lady bird who has fled. A pigeon (“the weird pigeon,” my little boy Billy, to whom the book is being read, insists on calling him) has warned her that a neighborhood cat and friend of Snowbell, also of the Little household and who tried to eat Margalo the night before, plans to assault her, without objection from Snowbell. She flies the coop. In the sketch, Stuart says a fond goodbye to the old manse before setting off to seek Margalo.

Although White does not name the neighborhood, I believe, based on the private garden across the street in Williams’s sketch, that it is Gramercy Park, the setting of an old column I wrote for the Providence Journal about the average floor level upon which one lives one’s life. I will run that old column on this blog if I can find (with help from readers, I hope) enough newly built traditional buildings to compose a list of “Best traditional buildings of 2017” – a feat that has daunted me these last several days.

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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