“Lost Providence”: the book!

This new page advising readers of developments in the existence of Lost Providence will also collect an archive of photographs that add to the collection already in the book but which were either nudged out by the vicissitudes of space in a book, or came to my attention too late to be included in the book. This page will also collect readers’ own favorite lost buildings that did not appear in the book. The photograph at left is a good example of one that is of interest but did not make it in. It illustrates how the Darth Vader Building (right) blocks the view corridor to the State House from downriver. You can see that the corridor has become a slit through which the Independent Man atop the dome of the capitol can just barely be seen from the Crawford Street Bridge. The building at left is the old Hospital Trust, now the RISD library and graduate suites upstairs.

I hope readers will return to this page and contribute to its dialogue.

The latest entries on the page will be at the end. That seems kind of silly, but this is a blog page, not a blog post. I will revise it soon if I can figure that out.

This table of contents will be continually updated:

  1. Latest book events
  2. How to buy the book
  3. Images not in the book
  4. Readers’ best lost buildings
  5. Readers’ comments


  1. Latest book events

Here is the latest update of events planned for Lost Providence. It includes two new listings relating to WaterFire. One is a joint appearance with Gene Bunnell, author of Transforming Providence, to be held Sept. 23 at the WaterFire Arts Center before that evening’s WaterFire. The other is a book sale tent at the Sept. 30 WaterFire (Gloria Gemma is the sponsoring organization), at which signed copies of the book will be sold. As of now, I am planning to have a loop of images from the book going while I sign the book and answer questions from visitors to the tent.

Here is the updated list of events, now ten in total:

  • 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. 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.


2. How to buy the book

Links to sites where book may be pre-ordered or, after Oct. 28, purchased can be found by typing Lost Providence David Brussat into Google. History Press is headquartered in Charleston, S.C., and is a division of Arcadia Publishing. Below are some of the primary sites for the book’s acquisition:


2. Images not in the book


3. Readers’ best lost buildings

Dick Gilbane proposes the Narragansett Boat Club house as a favorite lost building of Providence:

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Robert Solomon nominates another boathouse, that of the Rhode Island Yacht Club, at Pawtuxet – not exactly a lost Providence building, but worthy of notice anyhow:

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5. Readers’ comments

Readers may comment on the book by sending an email to the author at dbrussat@gmail.com.