Waterfire’s Quarter Century

25 years glowing in Providence

Waterfire’s Quarter Century

By David Brussat, Architecture Here and There

If I were more energetic I’d scrounge up examples of photos from WaterFire going back five, ten, fifteen, twenty and 25 years to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Providence’s art installation created (as if it were sufficient to use such a mundane word) by Barnaby Evans. Anyway, my digital photo archive does not go that far back. Instead, I’ll run a bunch from last night. To capture the brevity that eluded me in introducing my last post’s video of a lecture by Duncan Stroik, here goes:

David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, “Lost Providence.” I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call (401) 351-0457. Testimonial: “Your work is so wonderful – you now enter my mind and write what I would have written.” – Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.