Meet the author David Brussat for a book talk and signing of his local history 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.
David Brussat was born in Chicago, grew up in the District of Columbia, and has lived in Providence since 1984, when he joined the editorial page of the Providence Journal. He wrote a weekly column on architecture until 2014, and started his blog, Architecture Here and There, in 2009. He, his wife Victoria and their son Billy, who is 8, live on the East Side.
Free and open to all.
Copies will be available for sale and signing.