R.I. Book Launch: Lost Providence with author, David Brussat

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2017-09-20 18:30 - 20:00

Providence Public Library and the Providence Preservation Society

invite you to the Rhode Island Book Launch of

Lost Providence by David Brussat

Lost Providence is a history of architectural change in Providence. An editor at History Press read a column by Mr. Brussat for the Journal in 2014 called “Providence’s 10 best lost buildings”; he asked its author to expand it into a book. The description of buildings lost takes many detours to visit buildings that still exist, offering lessons in preservation. History Press let the author broaden his theme to include not just lost buildings but lost plans since the 1840s - major urban projects, accomplished or not, that are disappearing from local memory, such as the Downtown Providence 1970 Plan, announced in 1960, or are widely misunderstood, such as the College Hill Survey of 1959. Mr. Brussat’s description of the River Relocation Project and the Downcity Plan concludes the book on a note of confidence.

Book Sale and Signing will follow

David Brussat served as a member of the Providence Journal's editorial board for 30 years, and for the last 25 years wrote a weekly oped column on Thursdays about architecture in Rhode Island, Providence, and elsewhere, favoring traditional over modernist design. In 2009 he started a blog, Architecture Here and There, at the paper. In 2014, after the paper was sold he left, but continued his blog, where he posts almost once a day. Mr. Brussat also has written for, Traditional Building magazine, Froma Harrop’s This East Side blog about Manhattan’s upper east side, and other publications. He occasionally edits or ghostwrites material on architecture for others, including some of the most notable names in the world of architecture.

Mr. Brussat was born in Chicago, grew up in the District of Columbia, and has a degree in journalism from the American University. He is a member of the Providence Preservation Society, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Providence Athenaeum and the Royal Society of the Arts, and is on the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ICAA gave him an Arthur Ross Award in 2002 for his writing about classical architecture. He lives the East Side of Providence with his wife Victoria Somlo and son Billy, age 8.

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