Gone fishing, be back soon

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(Peanuts Worldwide)

Those who have wished me the best* have my heartfelt thanks, but please, let us not forget what I was really fishing for – examples of new traditional architecture completed during this past year of 2019. As a reminder, I link here to my “Best traditional buildings” post from last year. I hope we can improve upon that in 2019. Europeans and readers from other continents may feel free to nominate new buildings from your own special corners of the world. While all of these splendid suggestions are rolling into my in-box, I expect to put up some “favorites” from blog posts of yesteryear. Enjoy! I will be back to normal posting in a week or so, and I hope that will include a post exhibiting a robust collection of traditional buildings that opened this year.

* My heart surgery is Tuesday morning.

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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15 Responses to Gone fishing, be back soon

  1. Philip Gregg Watts, Jr. says:

    David, having just learned yesterday (Dec. 16) regarding your upcoming heart surgery, I was absolutely stunned that any type of serious operation was in the “cards” for you. I’ll be very happy to update you on my period of “disappearance” when you’re recovering, but until then, please receive all of my blessings and my heartfelt concerns for your successful return to your wife and son.


    • Many thanks, Greg, for your kind solicitations. To my relief yet also to my frustration, the surgery was postponed. I’d spent a lot of time trying to be more optimistic about it, and was frustrated by not being able to get it behind me, but relief took the lead this morning when I woke up and realized that but for the postponement, I’d have been under the knife at that very moment.

      Best of the holidays to you. I am eager to hear more from you by email or by phone. If you do not have either, please let me know.


  2. Reblogged this on Architecture Here and There and commented:

    I must announce that my operation has been postponed, possibly to January. I’m of two minds about this, but I will treat it as a boon (nobody is eager for open-heart surgery). I appreciate all the good wishes, and encourage everyone to postpone them, too – though not to postpone sending me examples of new trad buildings for my 2019 “best of” post.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Ooh…David…I did not know – I wish you all the best – I’m sure things will go well – do shoot me an email when you can with how you are doing and if you or your family need anything…I can help with.

    Speedy recovery!


    • Thank you so much, Nancy. You may not know that I reposted this late yesterday afternoon after learning that my surgery was postponed. Now it will be sometime in January. At least I have more time to think about it!


  4. Daniel says:

    I hope you have a speedy recovery and look forward to our debates in the coming years.


  5. Lewis says:

    While many of us don’t necessarily agree with you on some subjects, in these case, I bet we are 100% in favor of wishing you a splendid, speedy AND CLASSIC recovery!


  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure your fishing trip will be a great success. Can’t wait to hear about it!


    • Clay, you may have seen that it’s been postponed, which I learned last night and which raised mixed feelings. But I suppose relief was given a big boost this morning when I awoke and realized that I’d have been under the knife that moment had the operation not been postponed. So supposedly I’m to be cut open sometime in January. I guess it’s good to have more time to worry about it.


  7. stanleyxweiss@gmail.com says:

    Good luck ,Best …Stan

    Sent from my iPhone



  8. Bob Barnett says:

    Have fun but my suggestion it to by the fish at the market and spend all that gas money drinking.


    • Bob, yes, you are right, that is what I would normally do, and you are a good example of why I should have noted that by “gone fishing” I meant going under the knife tomorrow morning, which some readers of this post might not yet have known.


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