David Brussat to read from, sign ‘Lost Providence’ at Sept. 20 launch event

PROVIDENCE – “Lost Providence,” a new book detailing the history of architectural change in Providence, will be launched with a reading, book sale and signing by writer David Brussat on Sept. 20.

Hosted by the Providence Public Library and the Providence Preservation Society, the event is free and will be held at the library, at 150 Empire St. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Brussat is a 30-year former editorial writer for the Providence Journal and a longtime architecture critic.

The paperback book, published by History Press, includes descriptive writing of buildings lost over the years, as well as abandoned plans for redevelopment. They include the story of the Narragansett Hotel, torn down in 1960.

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“Lost Providence” also covers the River Relocation Project and the Downcity Plan, according to the description of the event provided by Providence Public Library.

Mary MacDonald is a PBN staff writer. Contact her at macdonald@pbn.com or follow on Twitter at MaryF_MacDonald.