Meet David Brussat — BotS

(9.7) Former ProJo architecture critic David Brussat will be at Books on the Square Thursday to talk about his book “Lost Providence.”

Providence has one of the nation’s most intact historic downtowns and is one of America’s most beautiful cities. The history of architectural change in the city is one of lost buildings, urban renewal plans and challenges to preservation. The Narragansett Hotel, a lost city icon, hosted many famous guests and was demolished in 1960. The American classical renaissance expressed itself in the Providence National Bank, tragically demolished in 2005. Urban renewal plans such as the Downtown Providence plan and the College Hill plan threatened the city in the mid-twentieth century. Providence eventually embraced its heritage through plans like the River Relocation Project that revitalized the city’s waterfront and the Downcity Plan that revitalized its downtown. Author David Brussat chronicles the trials and triumphs of Providence’s urban development.

Brussat was born in Chicago and grew up in Washington, D.C. He spent thirty years as an editorial writer at the Providence Journal, writing an award-winning architecture column there for a quarter of a century. Brussat continues writing his popular blog, Architecture Here and There. (Facebook event page.)

7pm to 8:30pm, Thursday, September 7, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street, (directions)

Angell Street before Books on the Square, Red Stripe, and Starbucks. (Courtesy of the Providence Public Library archives.)

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