Author Archives: David Brussat

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,, 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.

Out with the new, in with …

A new apartment building planned for Westminster Street outside of downtown, well beyond Route 95, is going through the design process. The Journal’s story, “5-story building gets go-ahead in Providence” describes tough going for the developer, Michael Lemoi, whose project … Continue reading

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‘Live’ blogging the eclipse

We are not going anywhere for the eclipse. We are going to view it from our backyard, sitting in patio chairs, without special glasses. Are you alarmed? No, we are not going to look directly at the sun passing behind … Continue reading

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Sojourn in the Adirondacks

Our week at the Whiteface Lodge, in Lake Placid amid the Adirondack Mountains, was, with one very small interlude of blogging, a study in total relaxation. We took advantage of few lodge activities, nor did we venture out to see … Continue reading

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What next? Jefferson? D.C.?

The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville should not be pulled down. Or rather, I should prefer that it not be pulled down. There’s a difference. To eradicate every symbol of every political or cultural wrong in this or … Continue reading

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TB: Beauty as a social good

Here is my Traditional Building blog post from last month, which ran with the following headline: “Beautiful Architecture is a Social Good. Why not bottle it?” It makes much of the fact that in Manhattan residents and visitors can stroll … Continue reading

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Landmarking the NYPL

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has spoken. May we strive to decipher its garbled voice? Who can deny the good sense of protecting the glorious interiors of the New York Public Library – from the likes of its own … Continue reading

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The old new Nave at Yale

The Nave, as the entrance hall of the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale has long been known, was meticulously restored by Helpern Architects in 2014, revealing forgotten glories in the stonework by the original architect, James Gamble Rogers. I visited … Continue reading

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New “Lost Prov” book page

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 … Continue reading

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Temple to Music – 1812, too

We attended a pops concert of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday evening, a free event sponsored by the Rhode Island Foundation and held at the Temple to Music, on the grounds of Roger Williams Park. … Ah! Rhode … Continue reading

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Is this architecture school?

What is architecture school? Metropolis has published a fine essay asking that question, written while a student by Miguel Córdova Ramírez, a 2014 graduate of the School of Architecture and Urbanism at Ricardo Palma University in Lima, the capital of Peru. … Continue reading

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